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State Comptroller Calls For Recovery Of $1.1M In Mistaken Unemployment Payments

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State officials say New York mistakenly handed out more than $1 million in unemployment payments to people who were not meant to receive them.

Auditors say a total of $3 million in payments was authorized on paper to people who were dead, employed, out of the country, not authorized to work in the U.S. or had exceeded their benefits.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says $1.9 million of that money was never paid out, but he is urging the Labor Department to recover the $1.1 million that was.

Labor officials say the overpayments were detected by new employees who were hired to combat fraud.

A total of $7.1 billion in unemployment benefits was paid out last year to more than 1 million New Yorkers.

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