I believe that based upon your situation you need to hire an attorney as soon as possible. I would not try to rectify this yourself. Good Luck.
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I suggest you contact a criminal defense attorney and not do anything until after the attorney has had an opportunity to review all of the facts and circumstances. S/he would then be able to advise and guide you.
If you haven't cashed the check, don't and return it. If you have cashed the check, meet with a criminal defense attorney and obtain a formal opinion. I don't do criminal law, but I think I would opt for sending them a money order back, stating that you received a check by mistake. A single mistake would be hard to prosecute.
You will avoid substantial legal expenses and the possibility of criminal penalties if you contact unemployment before they contact you. They cross check with your social security number and eventually bring criminal charges if you have worked and collected for the same weeks.
You need to understand that anything you post in a public forum such as this is neither privileged or confidential and could be used against you. Similarly, any statements you make dealing with investigators may come back to haunt you should the DA decide to prosecute. Having an attorney even in the investigatory stage can insulate you and protect your 5th Amendment rights.
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