My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: New York
I lost my seasonal job earlier this year and went on unemployment. However, I still did some freelance work 1 day a week for a minimal amount of money. I probably won't even get a 1099 this year, though the company does have all my information. I got a summer job, which ended a few weeks ago, and now I am on unemployment again, and I went back to doing one day a week of freelance work. In total, there were 4 weeks for which I worked one day I did not report. I started to get very nervous that somehow my freelance work might be reported, so I stopped. The freelance money is so minimal, and I obviously need regular unemployment much more.
I guess my question is, what should I do and what could happen to me? Should I just be honest from now on and hope those 4 weeks don't get noticed? If they do, I assume I would have to pay back the 1/4 of my benefits each week that I should have lost, but does anyone know how much of an additional penalty I might get, or how many weeks I may be disqualified from benefits?
I guess I justified this because unlike other states, NY does not allow you to work at all without a reduction in benefits but I don't want to live in fear that I am committing a crime. Any information would be greatly appreciated.