Pennsylvania unemployment overpayment can result from fraud by the recipient or because of an overpayment you did nothing to cause, known as a "non-fault recoupable overpayment." The department handles the two type differently, and at-fault overpayments can result in criminal prosecution. Successful prosecution can lead to fines of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 30 days per illegal check cashed. The state does not charge interest on non-fault overpayments but does charge interest if you knowingly gave false information that resulted in overpayment.
Read your Notice of Overpayment carefully. The notice will provide the details of your overpayment and specify whether the department ruled your overpayment "at fault" or "non-fault."
Pay an at-fault ruling immediately by sending the full payment to the bureau. Bureau of UC Benefits and Allowances UI Payment Services P.O. Box 6703 Harrisburg, PA 17106-9894
Repay a non-fault overpayment immediately or through installments held out of your weekly benefits. The department will withhold up to one-third of your future benefits for up to three years following your current benefit year. If you choose to pay the overpayment immediately, send the payment to the address in Step 2.
A third type of overpayment is the "non-fault non-recoupable overpayment." These overpayments occur because of reversals of eligibility, additional pay from your employer you did not know about when filing or if the department inaccurately calculates your base period. You do not have to repay these overpayments.
Make your check payable to PA UC Fund. Include your name, daytime telephone and Social Security number on the memo line of the check.
You can pay by money order if you do not have a checking account.
You can appeal a determination of overpayment by filing the Petition for Appeal Form.
If you do not repay an at-fault overpayment in full within 15 days, the department will assess interest to the unpaid amount. At-fault overpayments are not eligible for an installment plan.
If the department successfully prosecutes you for fraud, you can be ruled ineligible for unemployment benefits for one year.