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THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY CONTINUES ITS CRACKDOWN ON BENEFIT FRAUD…BY GOING AFTER FEDERAL TAX RETURNS.

I-D-E-S SPOKESPERSON GREG RIVARA SAYS THOSE WHO RECEIVED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHO WEREN’T ENTITLED TO THEM WERE GIVEN A CHANCE TO PAY UP. ABOUT 12 THOUSAND PEOPLE DIDN’T DO THAT…AND NOW FACE LOSING A PORTION OF THEIR TAX REFUND.

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EARLIER THIS YEAR…THE STATE COLLECTED 42 MILLION DOLLARS IN LOST BENEFITS FROM NEARLY 21 THOUSAND PEOPLE BY GARNISHING THEIR TAX RETURN REFUNDS. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THE STATE HAS BEEN ABLE TO COLLECT THIS MONEY BY GOING AFTER FEDERAL TAX RETURNS.

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