UI Benefit Payment Control (BPC) Audits, Overpayments, Fraud and Frequently Asked Questions - Unemployment Insurance
The Benefit Payment Control (BPC) unit promotes and maintains the integrity of the unemployment insurance (UI) program through prevention, detection, investigation, establishment, recovery and prosecution of UI overpayments made to claimants.
Unemployment Insurance Overpayment
A claimant's eligibility for UI benefits can be subject to adjudication by an agency specialist. Claimants are sent a Notice of Benefit Determination regarding an employment separation or other eligibility issue. Any decision rendered at this level or subsequent appeal levels may cause an overpayment of UI benefits already awarded. This information - an overpayment - is listed on the Notice of Benefit Determination.
An overpayment occurs when a recipient (claimant) of UI benefits receives a benefit payment for which the claimant is not entitled. The claimant is notified via the Notice of Benefit Overpayment of all benefits that have been erroneously paid and for which repayment is requested.
The following methods are available for claimants to make payments towards their overpayment:
- BEACON - In BEACON, claimants may pay by electronic check/bank account transfer or by credit/debit card.
- For credit/debit card payment, there is a convenience fee of 2.5% of the payment amount or a minimum of $1.00.
- To pay electronically, a claimant may log in to BEACON; navigate to the Action Items section of the portal home screen, select the “Pay Now” link under the overpayment balance; and follow the prompts. See the image below.
- Check or money order - Please make payable to: Maryland Department of Labor.
Mail to: P.O. Box 1931, Baltimore, MD 21203.