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Wisconsin Audit Finds That Inmates Given Unemployment Benefits

Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 9:48 am

A new audit finds that Wisconsin prison inmates were wrongly given federal unemployment benefits.

The Legislative Audit Bureau report released Friday finds that more than $12 million in benefit payments and other questionable charges were made in the 2009 fiscal year.

The Associated Press reports that the biggest chunk is nearly $10 million in unemployment benefit overpayments including, some that went to prison inmates.

Audit Committee co-chair Sen. Robert Cowles says it is irritating that money was wrongly sent to inmates and it must stop. The audit says the money should be recovered from those who got it.

The audit also states, in general, state agencies complied with federal grant requirements in the process of administering $15 billion in aid, including $3.5 billion in stimulus money.

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