TWC crosses $12 billion in COVID-19 unemployment payments

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A new wave of complaints with people attempting to file unemployment claims with the TWC have to do with claimants unable to complete payment requests on the agency’s website.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Texas continues to grapple with the coronavirus, unemployment payments continue to rise.

Overall, more than 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment and more than $12.3 billion has been paid out in benefits.

During Monday’s press briefing, TWC spokesman Cisco Gamez also noted that an unemployment overpayment, especially if it’s fraud, can be costly.

Besides repaying the state, the penalty would be 15% of the repayment.

“State law requires TWC to recover all unemployment benefit overpayment, there is no statue of limitations on debts owed to the state,” Gamez said.

Examples of fraud include providing incorrect information, wage errors and using someone else’s information.

Based on 2019 numbers, Texas has already had more than four years worth of unemployment claims since the pandemic started.

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