Why did I receive a letter from the Benefit Payment Control Unit?

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Unemployment overpayments

The Benefit Payment Control Unit sent a letter to you if they believe you were paid benefits you weren’t entitled to.

Most overpayments occur when someone filing for unemployment benefits doesn’t report the money they earned that week. You must report gross earnings the week you earn them (the week in which the work was performed), not when you are paid. This includes earnings from a new job.

If you did it by mistake, you’ll be asked to pay back the overpayment. If the Benefit Payment Control Unit decides you did it on purpose, they will ask you to pay back the overpayment plus a monetary penalty.

Sometimes overpayments occur because Employment Security’s Appeals Division decides someone shouldn’t have received unemployment payments. If this happens to you, you’ll probably have to repay the money you received.

Overpayments may also happen due to claimant, employer, or administrator errors.

You can apply for an overpayment waiver for errors and other unintentional overpayments.

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