CA Overpaid Fired Prison Workers $1.3 Million

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report finds that California's corrections department improperly paid $1.3 million in unemployment insurance to fired employees.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's inspector general said Monday the department paid the money to 186 employees who were fired for misconduct over two years.

Those employees aren't entitled to jobless benefits. Inspector General David Shaw says unemployment payments are reserved for those who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

Shaw blames poor department procedures and miscommunication with the state Employment Development Department for the payments.

Spokesmen for the corrections department and the inspector general say it's unclear if the state can recover the money.

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