Collecting money lost to unemployment-benefits fraud

The Employment Security Department has recaptured more than $10.2 million owed by nearly 11,000 people who claimed unemployment benefits they weren’t eligible for.

Treasury Offset Program (TOP) allows Employment Security to intercept federal income-tax returns for individuals who are delinquent in repaying the state for benefits resulting from fraud or failure to report earnings as required by law.

It’s one way we ensure that workers who need and deserve unemployment benefits get them, and that employer taxes are appropriately used.

Beginning in August, we plan to use TOP to begin collecting debt from employers with delinquent taxes.

Susan J. Gordon is a Public Information Officer for the Employment Security Department.


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