The Illinois Department of Employment Security has recovered almost $38 million from people who wrongfully collected unemployment benefits.
The money was taken from confiscated federal and state tax returns from 22,000 people who refused to repay debt owed or refused a repayment plan between the months of January and April 2013.
"Cheating the unemployment insurance program cannot be tolerated because it harms the honest workers and the good employers across our state," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "We are prosecuting fraud. We are clawing back the money. Every dollar we recover helps to lower business taxes so owners can use that money to invest in more employees and help grow our local and state economies."
This is the second year IDES has been able to garnish federal tax returns. Last year, $44 million was recovered from 21,500 people.
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