The state House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, which would increase penalties for people who commit willful fraud to obtain unemployment compensation benefits, according to a news release.
House Bill 403 would include people who are incarcerated. The legislation would impose an additional 52-week penalty for claimants who illegally apply for benefits while incarcerated.
The legislation, which was unanimously approved, would also increase the monetary penalty range for claimants who knowingly make false statements to obtain unemployment benefits, according to the release. The penalty range would increase from $100 to $1,000 to $500 to $1,500.
The legislation also increases the minimum number of penalty weeks, and would allow for penalties to be collected through liens, civil action or any other means available by law for up to 12 years after the end of the benefit year, according to the release.
The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration, according to the release.