Seven inmates wrongly receive jobless benefits

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | 7:55 a.m. CST; updated 9:41 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri labor department said it has discovered several people who received unemployment benefits while in prison.

The labor department said the discovery came less than a month after it started a new process in which it runs the names of unemployment benefit recipients against a list of state inmates. Prisoners are not eligible for jobless benefits because they are not available to work.

The agency said it initially found one prisoner who had filed for jobless benefits. That person was denied because he admitted quitting his job. The department then ran a retroactive check and found an additional 10 inmates who had filed for unemployment benefits, including seven who had received money and now owe the state about $14,000.

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Harold Sutton December 13, 2011 | 9:28 a.m.

So, the question now is; will they be punished? and what about the caseworkers who recieved and reviewed the applications?

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