Unemployment Insurance Fraud Hotline: (401) 462-1522
You may also contact the Fraud Unit by email at DLT.email@example.com; by fax at (401) 462-8474; or
by mail at: RI Department of Labor and Training UI/TDI Fraud Unit, 1511 Pontiac Ave. Cranston, RI 02920
Anyone may report alleged fraud anonymously. However, please know that if you choose to provide your contact information, it will remain strictly confidential.
Fraud Unit Investigators require the following information in order to pursue a tip:
- First and last names of those allegedly committing fraud, along with physical descriptions
- Place of employment (name and location)
Additionally, the following information is helpful but not required:
- Social Security numbers of those allegedly committing fraud
- Description of vehicles involved, if applicable
Don't Be A Party To Unemployment Insurance Fraud!
To avoid unemployment insurance fraud when filing a claim, remember these tips:
1. Accurately Report the Reason You Are Unemployed. Accurately report your reason for separation from your job when you initially file your claim for benefits.
2. Report Any Wages You Are Earning. You must report your gross wages (before taxes) for each week you work. Report all earnings—including part-time or temporary work.
3. Register with netWORKri. In most cases you must register with netWORKri to be eligible to collect UI benefits.
4. Be Available for Work. In order to collect benefits, you must verify that you are able and available to accept suitable work.
5. Actively Search for Work. You must search for work each week or benefits may be denied.
6. Develop an Effective Work Search Plan. Contact netWORKri for help with planning an effective work search.
7. Avoid Errors and Ensure Proper Payment of Benefits. To prevent errors that may result in an overpayment, read all of the information provided to you.
8. Don’t Delay—As Soon As You Begin Working Again, Report Your Return to Work. Do not wait until you receive your first paycheck.
9. Follow the Rules to Prevent Yourself from Committing Fraud. Anyone who collects UI benefits is legally responsible for following the rules. Failure to follow the rules can have serious consequences.
10. Know Your Responsibilities and Ask for Help. Navigating through the UI system can be confusing. If you have a question, the Department of Labor and Training is here to help.
Types of Fraud
Common types of Claimant Fraud:
A person filing for benefits who currently is or has:
Reported they looked for work when they didn’t
Claimed to be available for work when they were not (i.e. on vacation, injured, etc.)
Inaccurately reporting hours and/or earnings
Is also receiving workers’ compensation
Working while collecting benefits and not reporting earnings or hours worked
Is falsifying or knowingly failing to disclose required information
Is not reporting cash wages earned
Is not reporting payments from a former employer (i.e. “back pay for banked hours” or pension/retirement payments)
Committing identity theft by using another person’s identity to file a claim for benefits
Common types of Employer Fraud:
An employer who has in the past or currently is:
Aiding someone in filing a fraudulent claim
Coercing, persuading, or inducing an employee to file a false claim
Providing false information regarding a worker’s separation from employment
Failing to report a separation from work by an employee
Falsifying or knowingly failing to provide accurate information
Misclassifying an employee and the work performed (i.e. labeling the employee as an Independent Contractor (IC) when the employee does not have an IC Exemption Certificate)
Employer has employees but is not reporting those employees to UI
Not reporting wages earned by an employee, or under reporting an employee’s wages
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