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Q: Is it illegal for someone to file unemployment on another person's name

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Yes, it is illegal for someone to file for unemployment benefits using another person's name without their knowledge or consent. This type of fraudulent activity is considered identity theft and can lead to serious legal consequences. Filing for unemployment benefits typically requires providing personal and sensitive information, and doing so on someone else's behalf without authorization is a criminal offense. If you suspect that someone has filed for unemployment benefits using your name or another person's name without permission, it is recommended to report the incident to the appropriate authorities, such as your local law enforcement or the relevant government agency responsible for handling unemployment benefits fraud. They can investigate the matter and take appropriate action.

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