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  • Overpayment of benefits in NY New York

    I received a notice from the NYS Dept of labor. I was unemployed from Sept 1 until Oct. 27. I filed for unemployment on Oct 27 nd started receiving benefits. I started working Jan 5th but collected unemployment for 5 weeks as I worked. I thought I was able to collect for the total amount of weeks I did not work. Hence I mistakenly believed I could certify for the previous weeks even tho I was working.

    Well.....guess not. I received a letter stating I was employed but collected for 5 weeks. I called to ask how to repay and the guy said what I did was fraud....I am freaking out. I am waiting to have a repayment letter so that I can pay in full immediately. I told him that I would. He said this will be sent to a DA and they can prosecute me.

    I am afraid of being prosecuted as a felon. I am a professional counselor and this would ruin my life. I have 150 K in student loans to repay. I am planning on repaying immediately in full for the overpayment.

    If I do so am I likely to be prosecuted? What should I do? I do not want the troopers showing up and arresting me at work or something...

    HELP.........

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    No legal advise here...but I would NOT be attempting to handle this over the phone...make a trip TO THE OFFICE nearest you, and resolve this face to face...you never get any satisfaction talking to ''the guy''...and he has no authority to tell you that you have committed a fraud...that is a legal decision, not a labor dept EE.

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      Agree. Take your checkbook and a novel.
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