Q: My unemployment claim is under investigation for fraud. If I am denied benefits, can I file an appeal and if so, should
I furloughed because of covid 19 and applied for unemployment benefits (in Washington D.C). My claim was not being processed, so I called their office and the representative I spoke with said that I was under investigation for fraud because I did not list myself as having a job in Maryland.
The reason I did not notify them that I had worked there was because I quit that specific job (located in Maryland) in 2018. Since 2019, I have only worked in Washington D.C. They said it would take 21 days to complete their investigation and until then all I can do is wait.
If I cannot speed up this process or speak with the unemployment office in another way, should I be prepared to file an appeal? Should I get a lawyer to help me with the appeal and how would I even begin to defend myself?
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