Nebraska recovering jobless benefits overpayments

Aug 22, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Labor Department says it's recovered nearly $5.8 million so far this year from people who were given too much unemployment pay, either because of errors or because they lied on their applications.

The department said in a news release Friday that the total includes more than $2.7 million recovered through the federal Treasury Offset Program. The program can tap federal tax refunds of unemployment insurance claimants who commit fraud or reporting errors.

Nebraska has an unemployment insurance fraud rate of about 1 percent, compared with the national average of around 2.7 percent as of last year.

The Treasury Offset Program was instituted in Nebraska in February 2013. In addition to the $2.7 million recovered so far this year, the program recovered more than $2 million last year.

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