The House Labor and Industry Committee has approved legislation to increase penalties on those who fraudulently obtain unemployment compensation benefits.
House Bill 403 would increase the penalty from its current range of $100-$1,000 to $500-$1,500 for those who knowingly make false statements to obtain benefits, according to the measure's sponsor, Rep. Seth Grove, R-York.
The legislation also increases the minimum number of penalty weeks from two to 10 and removes the current four-year statute of limitations, and 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.
Grove's legislation also would impose a 52-week penalty for those who illegally apply for benefits while in prison.
The bill will now go before the full House for consideration.