SC unemployment agency wants to charge penalty

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's unemployment agency wants to charge anyone who fraudulently receives unemployment benefits a 25 percent penalty, in addition to paying the money back.

Department of Employment and Workforce officials asked a Senate panel Wednesday for legislation that mandates a penalty higher than federal law requires.

Agency attorney Maura Dawson says Congress has required states to pass by October a law setting at least a 15 percent penalty. She says her agency would use the additional money for technology updates and to investigate and prosecute cases of unemployment fraud.

According to the agency, it recouped $9.2 million in overpayments between January and May of last year.

The federal labor department says 4 percent of South Carolina's payments were due to fraud in 2012, down from 7 percent in 2011.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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