First and foremost, my thanks to all of the lawyers/legal professionals on this site who donate their time to answer questions from those of us who need your help. My hat is off to you all. That being said, here's the issue with which I hope to receive some information:
I have an issue regarding an unemployment claim with New Mexico. I was collecting funds from NMUI while working in another state. **NOTE** I realize this was wrong and I actually called the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) to ask about the claim, knowing that they would find out about the wages from NY & NJ when I called. I could reason away the "why's" and "wherefore's" of why I continued to certify and receive benefits, but I realize at the end of the day, I was simply wrong for what I did.
I spoke with a manager at NMDWS and they are in the process of investigating my claim. I informed them that I have every intention of paying back the overpayment of funds (by my estimation, the sum is rather substantial). I explained to them that I would gladly go on a payment plan and repay the principal plus interest and penalties. The manager informed me that the State will most likely work with me since I am admitting to the overpayment. However, I have a few questions regarding this situation.
First, I want to find out if there is the likelihood that I will be criminally prosecuted and subsequently face jail time. Second, I'm not sure what kind of repayment plan they'd agree to and I would like to find out what others have experienced. I can't pay it back at the same rate they disbursed it to me given my current lack of work. I've never been in trouble with the law other than the occasional speeding ticket, and I will do whatever is humanly possible to rectify this situation without being sent to jail or having anything put on my criminal record.
The individual with whom I spoke said that investigations take anywhere from six weeks to six months. However, I am taking a proactive approach to the situation so that I am prepared for when the investigation is concluded. Thank you all in advance for reviewing this post.