Why Is Florida DEO Asking Some Unemployment Recipients Money Back
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After Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has paid out more than $15 billion in state and federal funds since March, the state is now asking some recipients to pay it back, details explained in the video “Why is the DEO asking some unemployment recipients to pay benefits back?” below:
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Laura Tweed says initially she was declined twice for unemployment benefits in March. The self-employed insurance saleswoman says she eventually got her application straightened out. She was first approved for $125 weekly benefits. “Then they went back and did another monetary determination on their own and determined I was eligible for $275 and that’s what I got paid on,” Tweed said. But now months later, with Tweed back working, she says the Department of Economic Opportunity is claiming she was overpaid by $150 a week for nine weeks and owes $1,350 back to the state. “After determining four different times that I was deemed eligible and this is how much we paid you and now several months later to come back and ask for the money, I think it’s wrong,” she said. “I think it’s totally wrong.” Tweed is one of many. The DEO, which didn’t respond to emails from 10 Tampa Bay on Wednesday, has an entire page set up on its website where overpaid Floridians can pay that money back, in the video “Overpaid unemployment? The DEO is asking Floridians to start paying that money back“, below:
Back in end of May, 2020, Former DEO employee testifies about unemployment issues, in the video “Former DEO employee testifies about unemployment issues“, below:
It is time for Florida state government to invest more in better and more updated software as well as more software developers.
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