New Mexico Overpays Unemployment Benefits

New Mexico Overpays Unemployment Benefits

POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) - State officials say unemployment
benefits were accidentally doubled for thousands of unemployed New
Mexicans.
Overpayments went out around 6 a.m. Monday, but the state
Department of Workforce Solutions became aware of the problem by
9:30 a.m. and worked to reverse the overpaid amounts.
The agency says about 9,000 direct-deposit recipients never saw
the error since the money had not yet cleared.
However, about 23,000 unemployment debit card holders received
double amounts. The state had withdrawn overpayments to those cards
by noon.
Agency officials say anyone who already spent the extra money
will have to repay it or have it deducted from future unemployment
checks.
Department spokeswoman Carrie Moritomo says the problem was
caused by human error, but did not release details.
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Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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