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Reemployment Assistance Fraud

Reemployment Assistance (RA) fraud is any false statements or failure to disclose a material fact, knowingly made for the purpose of obtaining or preventing payment of benefits contrary to the provisions of the law. RA fraud is a third degree felony and can result in serious consequences for the claimant. 

Several examples of RA fraud include:

  • Intentionally not reporting any wages that have been earned
  • May have intentionally under reported earnings
  • Misrepresented the reason for the job separation

When a fraud determination is issued:

  • Claimant will be required to repay the overpayment with a 15% penalty
  • Will be disqualified from receiving future benefits (a disqualification can be imposed on a week by week basis up to a one year period)
  • May have the case referred to the State Attorney for prosecution, which can result in a charge of grand theft or a misdemeanor

Prosecution and conviction of reemployment assistance fraud may result in the claimant being required to serve jail time, make restitution, be placed on probation or some type of pretrial intervention, and serve community hours. 

Report Reemployment Assistance Fraud

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) needs your help preventing RA fraud and abuse. Your assistance directly strengthens DEO efforts to ensure Florida employers’ tax dollars are spent wisely and RA benefits only go to eligible claimants. 


Online Fraud Form

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Overpayments

Non-fraud overpayments may be the result of oversight, misunderstanding, technical errors, redetermination, adjudication, appeals decisions, RAAC orders, court decisions, or other mitigating circumstances.

Important Notes:

  • Please allow several business days for all repayments to be received and processed for updates
  • If your overpayment has been referred to a collection agency, you must arrange repayments with the agency who has your debt.
  • Repayments received by the department after the debt has been referred will be forwarded to the collection agency. 

Make a Repayment


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Repay an Overpayment

Use the "Make a Repayment" button for more information on paying your Overpayment by mail or electronically.


Make a Repayment

Contact Us

FRAUD HOTLINE
1-800-342-9909

Online Fraud Form

 Reemployment Assistance fraud is a 3rd degree felony. Each offense is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 fine.

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