Unemployment Fraud

Unemployment fraud is a felony. Each year the crime costs employees, employers and taxpayers millions of dollars in lost jobs, lost profit, lower wages and higher costs for goods and services.

Unemployment fraud is the willful misrepresentation of information by a worker to collect unemployment benefits. Each year, employers pay unemployment taxes which are deposited into the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund. Unemployment benefits are paid out from this fund to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Employers’ tax rates are affected when workers make claims against their account and the balance of the Trust Fund. The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) wants to ensure unemployment benefits are not being diverted from the Trust Fund to those who are not eligible. Kansas law provides penalties to claimants and employers who commit fraud.


Fraud occurs when a claimant receives benefits:

  • while working and does not report those earnings
  • while working and does not report the correct amount of earnings
  • while operating their own business
  • while not being able and available for work (for example claimant is on vacation, out of town, injured or in the hospital)
  • while refusing work
  • while not looking for work
  • while incarcerated
Fraud Frequently Asked Questions
Anti-Fraud Video 

Report UI Fraud at (785) 581-7300, online or by email at kdol.fraud@ks.gov.

Worker Misclassification

Misclassification of workers occurs when an employer incorrectly classifies workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

Misclassification creates problems for workers. They lose access to unemployment insurance benefits, workers compensation and they are responsible for the full share of social security tax and individual income tax.

Employers that misclassify workers may not be making appropriate withholdings or tax payments for their employees. This includes:

  • Withholding Tax
  • Social Security
  • Unemployment Tax
  • Workers Compensation

To learn more about workers classification or to report worker misclassification click here.

Report Fraud

If you believe someone is fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits, please report it immediately to the Fraud Investigations Unit. All allegations of fraud are investigated. Employers, employees and taxpayers pay the cost of unemployment fraud in lost jobs, lost profit, lower wages and higher cost for goods and services.

You can make an anonymous report but providing us with your contact information allows us to obtain additional information if necessary. Be sure to include as much information as possible so that we can adequately investigate your claim. If you do not have all the information requested, don't worry—just tell us what you do know.

Report fraud online
Use this link to report fraudulent activity on our website.

Printable fraud report
Use this form to email, mail or fax information to us.

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Workers Compensation Fraud

If you believe or have knowledge that a violation of the Workers Compensation Act has occurred or is occurring, you may notify the Division of Workers Compensation, Fraud and Abuse Investigation section by using the online reporting option, downloading a printable form or using the address or phone number below.

WC Online Fraud Reporting - Submit a Formal Complaint
WC Printable Reporting Forms

Or contact Kansas Workers Compensation at:

Kansas Workers Compensation
Fraud and Abuse Investigation Section
401 SW Topeka Blvd, Suite 2
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3105
(785) 296-4000
Toll free (800) 332-0353

For more information on Workers Compensation Fraud Click here.