Repayment of benefits received as result of false statement or failure to disclose material fact
- penalty for unemployment insurance fraud
1.A person shall not make a false statement or representation, knowing it to be false, or knowingly fail to disclose a material fact in order to obtain or increase any benefit or other payment under this chapter, including, without limitation, by:
(a)Failing to properly report earnings;
(b)Filing a claim for benefits using the social security number, name or other personal identifying information of another person; or
(c)Filing a claim for or receiving benefits and failing to disclose, at the time he or she files the claim or receives the benefits, any compensation for a temporary total disability or a temporary partial disability or money for rehabilitative services pursuant to chapters 616A to 616D, inclusive, or 617 of NRS received by the person or for which a claim has been submitted pursuant to those chapters.
2.When the Administrator finds that a person has committed unemployment insurance fraud pursuant to subsection 1, the person shall repay to the Administrator for deposit in the Fund a sum equal to all of the benefits received by or paid to the person for each week with respect to which the false statement or representation was made or to which the person failed to disclose a material fact in addition to any interest, penalties and costs related to that sum. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 of NRS 612.480, the Administrator may make an initial determination finding that a person has committed unemployment insurance fraud pursuant to subsection 1 at any time within 4 years after the first day of the benefit year in which the person committed the unemployment insurance fraud.
3.Except as otherwise provided in this subsection and subsection 8, the person is disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation benefits under this chapter:
(a)For a period beginning with the week in which the Administrator issues a finding that the person has committed unemployment insurance fraud pursuant to subsection 1 and ending not more than 52 consecutive weeks after the week in which it is determined that a claim was filed in violation of subsection 1; or
(b)Until the sum described in subsection 2, in addition to any interest, penalties or costs related to that sum, is repaid to the Administrator,
4.It is a violation of subsection 1 for a person to file a claim, or to cause or allow a claim to be filed on his or her behalf, if:
(a)The person is incarcerated in the state prison or any county or city jail or detention facility or other correctional facility in this State; and
(b)The claim does not expressly disclose his or her incarceration.
5.A person who obtains benefits of $650 or more in violation of subsection 1 shall be punished in the same manner as theft pursuant to subsection 3 or 4 of NRS 205.0835.
6.In addition to the repayment of benefits required pursuant to subsection 2, the Administrator:
(a)Shall impose a penalty equal to 15 percent of the total amount of benefits received by the person in violation of subsection 1. Money recovered by the Administrator pursuant to this paragraph must be deposited in the Unemployment Trust Fund in accordance with the provisions of NRS 612.590.
(b)May impose a penalty equal to not more than:
(1)If the amount of such benefits is greater than $25 but not greater than $1,000, 5 percent;
(2)If the amount of such benefits is greater than $1,000 but not greater than $2,500, 10 percent; or
(3)If the amount of such benefits is greater than $2,500, 35 percent,
7.Except as otherwise provided in subsection 8, a person may not pay benefits as required pursuant to subsection 2 by using benefits which would otherwise be due and payable to the person if he or she was not disqualified.
8.The Administrator may waive the period of disqualification prescribed in subsection 3 for good cause shown or if the person adheres to a repayment schedule authorized by the Administrator that is designed to fully repay benefits received from an improper claim, in addition to any related interest, penalties and costs, within 18 months. If the Administrator waives the period of disqualification pursuant to this subsection, the person may repay benefits as required pursuant to subsection 2 by using any benefits which are due and payable to the person, except that benefits which are due and payable to the person may not be used to repay any related interest, penalties and costs.
9.The Administrator may recover any money required to be paid pursuant to this section in accordance with the provisions of NRS 612.365 and may collect interest on any such money in accordance with the provisions of NRS 612.620.
Section 612.445 — Repayment of benefits received as result of false statement or failure to disclose material fact; penalty for unemployment insurance fraud; disqualification.,