Wisconsin To Make People Repay Unemployment Overpayments

Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 7:21 am

The state of Wisconsin is making nearly 84,000 people who spent time on unemployment back in 2009 pay a portion of that money back to the state now. Yes, formerly unemployed workers will have to repay a total of $9.9 million to the state, for unemployment stimulus funds the state says the people received incorrectly.

WLUK-TV in Green Bay reports the amounts per person range from $25 to $2,500, though the average repayment is $125.

A spokesman for the Division of Unemployment Insurance, says that when the people received unemployment benefits, they automatically qualified for an extra $25 per week stimulus payment in 2009 causing an overpayment. Some people were also paid for a week or more where they didn’t qualify, which also needs to be repaid.

The state notified some of the people about the unemployment overpayments last year, but a recent audit identified all of the stimulus overpayments, and now the state is aiming to collect.

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