The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously approved legislation to increase penalties for those who willfully commit unemployment compensation fraud.
House Bill 403 would impose an additional 52-week penalty on those who illegally apply for jobless benefits while behind bars.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Seth Grove's (R-York), said his measure would also increase current fines of $100-$1,000 to $500-$1,500 for those who knowingly make false statements to obtain unemployment benefits.
The legislation also increases the minimum number of penalty weeks from two to 10 and removes the current four-year statute of limitations, and it 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, Grove said.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.