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Audit: Millions may have to repay California jobless aid

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 16:21:58-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A new audit says California's unemployment agency might have overpaid millions of people since March.

The report from California State Auditor Elaine Howle says the state stopped enforcing some eligibility rules so they could process claims faster.

The result is up to 4.1 million claimants could have to repay some or all of the unemployment benefits they got during the pandemic.

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The audit says the agency has "no clear plan" to address that backlog. It says the backlog represents a workload never before seen by the department.

The agency has the power to waive repayment for some people in cases that don't involve fraud.