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5/27/2015 - Wisconsinites Scamming Unemployment Benefit System Could Face Harsher Consequences - Click here to print this information

Wisconsinites who commit fraud in claiming jobless benefits would be penalized more, under a budget measure that's being considered today. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee will consider making offenders pay surcharges of up to 40-percent of the benefits that were paid out in error. That's up from the current 15-percent of benefits. Fines of up to 10-thousand-dollars would replace the current max of 500-dollars. Fraudulent benefit-takers could also go to state prison for the first time, for up to five years. The false receipt of unemployment benefits is a big problem in Wisconsin. The fraudulent payments totaled 20-and-a-half million dollars last year.

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