Overpaid by unemployment? It may be forgiven


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CALLAHAN, Fla. — Don’t fret. Your overpayment from pandemic unemployment can be forgiven. 

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle was in Callahan, Florida with the governor Monday. He was there to speak on job growth in Nassau County. 

First Coast News reported in June that people who are finding jobs are still stuck in the unemployment maze because of overpayments. During the pandemic when millions of Floridians needed benefits, DEO accidentally overpaid many (though the total number has been unclear). 

In 2021, the governor stated collections agencies would not go after people facing overpayments at no fault of their own. Now, Eagle says people can get their overpayments forgiven.

“We are required by state and federal law to issue the overpayments, but what we could do within state law is forgive them if there is no fault for fraud or other things,” Eagle told Shields during the press conference on Monday. “There is a process to be able to go through that.” 

The process is as follows:

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