Massachusetts retrieving unemployment benefits

Average amount of the debt the state is seeking to reclaim is about $2,500 a person

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(AP) – Massachusetts is sending automated calls to tens of thousands of residents as a way to retrieve undeserved unemployment benefits.

According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts is targeting 63,000 people, about 1,000 people a day, who it says received undeserved unemployment benefits as far back as 1985. The average amount of the debt the state is seeking to reclaim is about $2,500 a person. In some cases, as little as $100 is owed. 

Ignoring the calls could lead to a loss of future unemployment benefits or garnishment of tax refunds. The state has made about 17,000 calls and collected more than $400,000 in over payments since late July. They could recover at least $157 million through this round of the program.

The money will go into the state unemployment insurance trust fund to pay future benefits.

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