In Orlando, unemployment compensation fraud is defined when a person makes a false statement or purposely fails to disclose information with the purpose of increasing any benefits or payments as it relates to unemployment compensation.
In theory it’s a 3rd degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine, and five years probation. Realistically, what the Government wants is their money back. If you’ve never been in trouble before, it’s sometimes possible to get into a diversionary program, where with full restitution the Government would let you pay the money back, and then do community service hours or take a class.
At the end of the whole thing, the case can be dismissed and you can get it expunged. That’s one possibility. On the flip side, they might be looking at probation, and you’re also possibly looking at some jail time, depending upon how complicated and dishonest the whole scheme was. It may be beneficial in some situations to retain a defense attorney that can potentially get you into a diversion program which will results in this whole matter getting dismissed.
The attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm are former prosecutors and know what strategies will be used against you. We have experience trying and winning fraud cases. Contact one of our fraud attorneys today for a free case review 407-228-3838.
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