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September 23, 2014, 9:27 pm
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County Inmates Receiving Unemployment Checks


More than a dozen Sangamon County jail inmates have collected unemployment benefits while sitting behind bars.

 

The 16 inmates are among 11-hundred statewide who were found to have improperly gotten benefits.

 

The State Journal-Register reports the state cross-referenced its list of benefit recipients with lists of jail inmates.

 

State law requires that anyone receiving unemployment must be able and available to work, something that would not be possible while the recipient was in jail.

 

Inmates who got benefits will be required to repay them, and could face additional charges.

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