I just received a notification from the NJ Dept of Labor - Bureaur of Benefit Payment Control stating:
As a result of an investigation of your unemployment insurance claim, evidence has been obtained that you may have been employed by the employer listed below at some time during the weeks listed below during which time you also received unemployment benefits. It lists dates from July 2011 trough mid September 2011 resulting in an overpayment of $4,764.00.
It goes on to say, that "Accordingly, you may be subject to refund, disqualification, fines and/or prosecution pursutant to NJSA 43:21-5(g).
It says the reported income was zero. I honestly do not remember if I claimed the wages or not as that was a very stressful time in my life but I thought that I had. Evidently I did not.
What is the likelihood that I am able to simply repay this money without having to worry about a criminal prosecution. I did not intentionally defraud the State out of the money but I have no way of proving that. Also, what charges could I face. I have read that past cases have resulted in charges in the 3rd Degree of Theft By Deception but they were also cases in which the amounts were $25,000 & $41,000 respectively. Both of those cases resulted in 5 years probation & fines but those individulas were 41 & 53 years old. I am 41 but I also have a prior criminal conviction from 1999 for aggravated assault that I did 5 years incarceration for & then a contempt of court charge in 2008 that resulted in probation.
Please help. I just got married last September & have multiple health issues in which I am on daily medications including duralgesic patches which are basically essential to an around the clock opiate to treat brain lesions.
I have 10 days fromt he date on the letter to respond. The typed date was 3/27/12 but they crossed that off with pen & wrote in 4/2/12.