2017 WISCONSIN ACT 147
An Act to renumber and amend 108.24 (1); and to create 108.24 (1) (b) and (c) of the statutes; relating to: criminal penalties for fraud in obtaining unemployment insurance benefits and providing a criminal penalty.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
108.24 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 108.24 (1) (a) and amended to read:
108.24 (1) (a) Any person who knowingly makes a false statement or representation to obtain any benefit payment under this chapter, either for himself or herself or for any other person, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisoned not more than 90 days, or both; and each such false statement or representation constitutes a separate offense. This may be penalized as provided in par. (b). Any penalty imposed under par. (b) is in addition to any penalty imposed under s. 108.04 (11) (bh).
108.24 (1) (b) and (c) of the statutes are created to read:
108.24 (1) (b) Whoever violates par. (a):
1. If the value of any benefits obtained does not exceed $2,500, is subject to a fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 9 months, or both.
2. If the value of any benefits obtained exceeds $2,500 but does not exceed $5,000, is guilty of a Class I felony.
3. If the value of any benefits obtained exceeds $5,000 but does not exceed $10,000, is guilty of a Class H felony.
4. If the value of any benefits obtained exceeds $10,000, is guilty of a Class G felony.
(c) In any case involving more than one violation of par. (a), all such violations may be prosecuted as a single crime.
Unemployment insurance; criminal penalties for benefit fraud. This act first applies to a violation of section 108.24 (1) (a) of the statutes committed on the effective date of this subsection.
(1) Unemployment insurance; criminal penalties for benefit fraud. This act takes effect on the first Sunday after publication.