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Missouri Officials are Asking Thousands of Unemployed People to Repay Jobless Aid

Some unemployed Americans are being asked to return their jobless benefits months after they received the money. An investigation by CBS affiliate KMOV4 in St. Louis found that Missouri authorities are asking thousands of unemployment recipients to give back the weekly state payments or face potential consequences. Officials say they incorrectly paid thousands of people, to the tune of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

Jenna Rieker, a single mom in Bridgeton, is one of many Missourians to receive a notice, which in her case arrived just before Christmas last year. According to KMOV4, a letter from the state informed Rieker that she had to repay the unemployment funds she received between March and August because of what it called an error or omission on her part. 

“I filled out the paperwork and I sent it in. I don’t know where I erred, but if I did err, why didn’t you contact me or call me?” Rieker said.

Read the source article at CBS News

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