Does this scenario constitute unemployment insurance fraud?

My neighbor worked for an accountant. After this year’s tax season, he was feeling "burned out" so his boss agreed to fire him so he could collect unemployment and the door is open for him to go back to work at the end of the summer. To me, it’s just a paid extended summer vacation at taxpayers’ expense. If an employer hires back somebody they fired, can they be liable for the unemployment compensation that was paid out?

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