Report UI / TDI Fraud

Anyone may report alleged fraud anonymously. However, please know that if you choose to provide your contact information, it will remain strictly confidential.

Fraud Unit Investigators require the following information in order to pursue a tip:

  • First and last names of those allegedly committing fraud, along with physical descriptions
  • Place of employment (name and location)

Additionally, the following information is helpful but not required:

  • Social Security numbers of those allegedly committing fraud
  • Description of vehicles involved, if applicable

To avoid unemployment insurance fraud when filing a claim, remember these tips
  • Accurately Report the Reason You Are Unemployed. Accurately report your reason for separation from your job when you initially file your claim for benefits.
  • Report Any Wages You Are Earning. You must report your gross wages (before taxes) for each week you work. Report all earnings—including part-time or temporary work.
  • Register with netWORKri. In most cases you must register with netWORKri to be eligible to collect UI benefits.
  • Be Available for Work. In order to collect benefits, you must verify that you are able and available to accept suitable work.
  • Actively Search for Work. You must search for work each week or benefits may be denied.
  • Develop an Effective Work Search Plan. Contact netWORKri for help with planning an effective work search.
  • Avoid Errors and Ensure Proper Payment of Benefits. To prevent errors that may result in an overpayment, read all of the information provided to you.
  • Don’t Delay—As Soon As You Begin Working Again, Report Your Return to Work. Do not wait until you receive your first paycheck.
  • Follow the Rules to Prevent Yourself from Committing Fraud. Anyone who collects UI benefits is legally responsible for following the rules. Failure to follow the rules can have serious consequences.
  • Know Your Responsibilities and Ask for Help. Navigating through the UI system can be confusing. If you have a question, the Department of Labor and Training is here to help.

Types of Fraud

Common types of Claimant Fraud:

  • Reported they looked for work when they didn’t
  • Claimed to be available for work when they were not (i.e. on vacation, injured, etc.)
  • Inaccurately reporting hours and/or earnings
  • Is also receiving workers’ compensation
  • Working while collecting benefits and not reporting earnings or hours worked
  • Is falsifying or knowingly failing to disclose required information
  • Is not reporting cash wages earned
  • Is not reporting payments from a former employer (i.e. “back pay for banked hours” or pension/retirement payments)
  • Committing identity theft by using another person’s identity to file a claim for benefits

Common types of Employer Fraud:

  • Aiding someone in filing a fraudulent claim
  • Coercing, persuading, or inducing an employee to file a false claim
  • Providing false information regarding a worker’s separation from employment
  • Failing to report a separation from work by an employee
  • Falsifying or knowingly failing to provide accurate information
  • Misclassifying an employee and the work performed (i.e. labeling the employee as an Independent Contractor (IC) when the employee does not have an IC Exemption Certificate)
  • Employer has employees but is not reporting those employees to UI
  • Not reporting wages earned by an employee, or under reporting an employee’s wages

Common types of Claimant Fraud:

  • The claimant is also working full-time while receiving TDI benefit payments
  • The claimant is working part-time AND has not reported the resulting income to TDI
  • The claimant does not divulge to TDI that the illness/injury is work related
  • The claimant is in receipt of or has filed for Worker’ Compensation payments and does not divulge such information to TDI

Common types of Employer Fraud:

  • The employer colludes with workers so that they may unlawfully receive TDI benefit payments; or
  • The employer pays cash wages or other hidden compensation in order to avoid paying related taxes

Common types of Qulified Healthcare Provider:

  • The QHP colludes with the patient so that he/she may unlawfully receive TDI benefit payments
  • The QHP certifies the patient medically unable to work to instead allow the patient to travel or attend school
  • The QHP continues to certify the patient unable to work after the patient has recovered from the illness/injury
  • The QHP certifies the patient medically unable to work to permit the patient to receive TDI benefits instead of Unemployment Insurance benefits. Please note: patients may prefer to receive TDI benefits since it has a higher benefit rate and the benefit payments are considered non-taxable income.

Contact

Unemployment Insurance Fraud Hotline: 401-462-1522

You may also contact the Fraud Unit by email at: DLT.investigations@dlt.ri.gov
or by fax at 401-462-8474

RI Department of Labor and Training
UI/TDI Fraud Unit
1511 Pontiac Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920