CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- State officials
say they have found about 1,100 inmates who improperly collected more than $2
million in unemployment benefits.
Illinois Department of Employment Security
officials on Tuesday told The Associated Press several inmates collecting
unemployment could face prosecution. Department spokesman Greg Rivara says the
agency will try to get recipients to voluntarily repay the money, and garnish
state and federal tax returns to help recover the money.
One Cook County
inmate collected almost $43,000.
Rivara says the department isn't sure yet
how many people will be prosecuted. He says some cases may be too small to make
People collecting unemployment
benefits have to certify every two weeks they're eligible. That includes
showing they're available to work and looking for work.