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The EDD classifies overpayments into two categories: non-fraud or fraud. The consequences are different depending on how the fraud is classified.
When you have received benefits to which you were not entitled and you are NOT at fault, the overpayment is considered "non-fraud." In some cases, you may not have to repay a non-fraud overpayment at all.
However, when a claimant knowingly gives false information or withholds information and receives benefits, the overpayment will be considered "fraudulent," which can have potentially serious criminal consequences.
Typically, with a fraud overpayment, the claimant is penalized in the amount of 30 percent of the amount of the overpayment
The EDD also typically issues a false statement disqualification of 5 to 23 weeks, meaning you are barred from receiving further government assistance for that period of time.
Fraud overpayments and penalties must be repaid in every case.
If convicted of UE insurance fraud as a misdemeanor, you face up to one year in a county jail and a maximum fine of $20,000. If convicted as a felony, you face imprisonment in the California state prison for 16 months, two or three years, and a maximum $20,000 fine.
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