Workforce Services' Unemployment Insurance Division Looking for Refund

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The Department of Workforce Services’ Unemployment Insurance Division continues its efforts to detect fraudulent claims. Fraudulent claims most often occur when individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits fail to notify the Department when they become employed. 

Joan Evans, Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, said, “It’s unfortunate that fraud occurs within our Unemployment Insurance system, but we do see it happen. We have a limited amount of benefits that we can offer to people who are facing unemployment, and when people receive benefits that are not eligible, we are prompted to take steps to recover those overpayments. This is the only way we can reserve those benefits for those who are eligible. ” 

If individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits fail to notify the Department when they have a change in income, they may be required to pay back the Department for any overpayment of benefits they receive. In addition, they may be subject to a penalty, or in some cases, could face criminal charges.