goodkid wrote: ↑Apr 2nd, 2012 5:17 pmHello,
I just need a few words of advice about how I should proceed with a problem. Here's the issue,...I finished a YES contract on March.31st 2011 and then applied for and received EI benefits until I received my last payment in the middle of October,2011 when I stopped filing reports. The problem is, I started a new contract in the middle of September 2011 and filled out two online reports after the start date on my ROE... So I was over payed full benefits twice. I honestly am just an idiot and was just misinformed about my weekly EI reports. I didn't realize I was in the wrong and thought I stop filling out reports after I get paid or when I was sure I was going to stay. (I went into work on the 12th of September and was offered the job but wasn't sure I was going to stay for another contract. I started off just getting the paperwork ready and ended up just staying for another contract until March 2012, just a few days ago. After doing much research, 6 or 7 months after the fact, I realize I should not have filed those reports. I received money I was not entitled to. I just applied for EI benefits again with over 1200 hours on this contract. I had to call to eliminate my last claim which still had a few weeks payable on it, deciding a new claim is in my best interest. I'm a university graduate and I am willing and able to work, and am currently looking for opportunities. I put the proper start date on my new EI application but will I be red flagged when it shows I continued to receive payments for 3 or 4 weeks after that? Does this show when you file your income tax or when applying for new benefits? How can I be penalized or prosecuted? Can I do anything here to make amends...like, should I call someone and tell them what happened?...or wait until they contact me? I'm very regretful about this whole situation and it really wasn't done fraudulently or maliciously to get more money. I'm young and have never been on EI before and didn't even understand what the payments were. Like, I thought that my payments and my benefit rate was what I paid into it over the years and it didn't really matter how I received it. I know the questions directly asked "did you work" during the week and I lied and said no...not really thinking much about it. What do I do? I'm scared and I've never been in trouble with the law or government. Is this a big deal? Please help me. I'm so anxiety ridden now, I don't know what to do with myself. Thanks for any words of advice. I really am a good kid...just stupid I guess.
Well, just visit your local service Canada office, and tell them what happened. Tell them you were misinformed, made a mistake and was overpaid. You're willing to to repay these overpayment. At least your attempt will be documented on file. Whether an agent will follow through is another question. However, if a future investigation is conducted, you should be fine as your already made an attempt to amend the situation.