Federal workers who received $64,836 in Virginia unemployment benefits must return the money to Richmond … or else.
“We’ll send letters saying they were overpaid, and by how much,” Joyce Fogg, spokeswoman for the Virginia Employment Commission, told Watchdog.org. “Hopefully, they’ll send back a check.”
If checks aren’t forthcoming, Fogg said disputes would go to a collection agency, or to court. Of 6,200 federal employed Virginia residents who applied for unemployment assistance during the furlough, 191 individuals received payments. The average payout was $339.49 out of a $378 weekly maximum.
Virginia’s stance is tougher than some states. Out on the West Coast, Oregon has informed its 1,200 federal workers that they can keep their full unemployment benefits, on top of their back pay.