ST. LOUIS — About 46,000 Missourians were mistakenly overpaid unemployment benefits as part of the stimulus during the coronavirus pandemic, and while the state wants the money back, some are having success in winning their appeals.
Missouri Department of Labor Director Anna Hui has said the state has a duty to collect the $150 million it overpaid people last year because a state law requires it. Hui and Republican Gov. Mike Parson have the power to forgive the federal portion of overpayments, but Parson has said the money should be repaid. Those who don’t could have their wages garnished.
Some residents have won appeals to keep the money, including 27-year-old Larissa White of Ballwin, St. Louis Public Radio reported. The state said White voluntarily left an acting job, making her ineligible for more than $8,000 she collected while she was out of work. But she showed proof of her employment history during the hearing, and the payroll company disputing her claim didn’t show up.
“It was a huge weight off of my chest,” White said. “I mean, this has been a year of my life almost spent with this. So to know that it has paid off. It’s indescribable how relieving it is.”
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