Fraud Information

The State is taking extra steps to investigate and prevent fraudulent activity while ensuring that benefits are paid to eligible people as quickly as possible.

If your claim has been cancelled or is in review for fraud, you must confirm your identity.

Go to, select “Upload documents for identity verification” and provide the following:

TWO forms of identification (scans or photos are ok), one of which must be a government issued photo ID

Government issued photo IDs are:

Driver’s license
Military ID

Federal or State employee ID Non-photo documentation could include:
A recent utility bill that shows your name and residential address
Social Security Card
Birth certificate
Experienced law enforcement will review the documents to unlock your account.

Reporting Identity Theft

If you believe someone else has filed a claim for unemployment benefits in your name, you need to REPORT this to MDOL and then PROTECT your IDENTITY with further steps.

Consumer Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Fraud FAQs

Collecting Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits based on providing false, misreported, or unreported information is considered committing UI fraud. If you are filing a claim, reopening a claim, or certifying for UI benefits, you are legally responsible for making sure you follow the requirements set by state law. Examples of UI fraud could include:

  • You return to work but continue to collect UI benefits without reporting the work and wages.
  • You do not report wages during the week that the work was performed.
  • You work a part-time job but do not report your earnings, so you are collecting more benefits than you are allowed.
  • You perform temporary work while collecting UI benefits, but do not report these earnings when certifying for benefits.
  • You withhold information or give false information when filing a UI claim or certifying for benefits. If you commit UI fraud, then you could face a variety of serious penalties. These include:
    • Losing the eligibility to collect UI benefits in the future.
    • Forfeiting future income tax refunds.
    • Repaying the UI benefits collected, plus penalties and interest.
    • Prosecution by government authorities.
    • Possible jail or prison sentences.

To avoid penalties for committing UI fraud:

  • Report wages during the actual week when you worked and earned the wages—NOT when you receive your pay.
  • Report total wages earned. Total wages are all earnings or income before deductions.
  • Report all work for which you will receive wages. This includes tips and self-employment such as internet business

Employers can take an active role in reducing improper UI benefit payments by providing important information in a timely manner. Employers are required to:

  • Report all new hires / re-hires to the State Directory of New Hires within 7 days.
  • Respond to requests for verification of employee earnings in a timely manner.
  • Provide timely and accurate employee separation information and any other known potential eligibility issues by the due date.

In Maine, UI benefits are funded by employer taxes. Improper payment of UI benefits may result in higher taxes to all employers. UI benefits allow qualified unemployed workers to continue to buy goods and services. An improper payment of UI benefits means that a claim for benefits was paid in error. An improper payment of benefits can result when inaccurate information is provided by the claimant or employer, or when information is not received by the Maine Bureau of Employment Insurance in a timely manner. Once an improper payment is detected, the claimant is notified of an “overpayment.”

The Bureau conducts cross-matches with several data sources. When we find instances of a person collecting benefits he or she is not eligible to receive, an overpayment is established. Overpayments due to fraud are subject to penalties including denial of benefits. The claimant must pay back the money he or she was not entitled to receive. Overpayments can also result in higher taxes for employers whose annual contributions pay for unemployment benefits for their former workers.