The Kansas Department of Labor said Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill Wednesday that sets harsher penalties and more investigative powers for unemployment fraud, according to a labor department news release.
Under current law those convicted of unemployment fraud are disqualified from receiving benefits for a year. House Bill 2501 will raise that to five years and add a financial penalty, effective July 1.
It also gives the department the ability to recover payments by placing liens on property and appoint certified law enforcement officers to investigate unemployment fraud.
The new law is one of the toughest in the country, according to the release.