State officials in Illinois say they’re cracking down on unemployment fraud.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said that so far this year, it has collected $26 million in federal tax refunds from people who knowingly collected unemployment insurance while working. The department said it has collected more than $120 million over the length of a 3-year-old program.
State officials say people who owe the department money because of fraud won’t receive future benefits until their debts are paid.
The department said it has confiscated federal tax refunds more than 58,000 times over the last three years. IDES says the garnishment program is making a difference, and about 920 people entered repayment plans in its first year. Now that number is nearly 3,500.