Workers Will Keep Thousands in Extra Unemployment Checks

unemployment lineAfter a vigorous debate, a state board today voted not to try to recover nearly half-a-million dollars in unemployment benefits that mistakenly went out to workers two years ago because of a technical malfunction at Iowa Workforce Development

The former director of the state agency that distributes unemployment benefits came under harsh criticism today at a meeting of the board of directors for IWD.

A state audit uncovered nearly a million dollars in unjustified benefits under Teresa Wahlert’s direction. About half of that went to legitimate workers whose checks were bigger than they should have been.

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