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NY stops unemployment check gaffes

ALBANY — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says he has stopped $1.4 million in unemployment checks written out to working people, illegal immigrants and the dead.

But DiNapoli says nearly $1 million in checks to people who didn’t qualify for unemployment checks has already been paid by the state.

The comptroller says among them are 91 recently hired state workers who owe the state $105,000 for overpayment of unemployment benefits.

After finding the errors, DiNapoli says he advised the state Labor Department to tighten its controls to make sure the critical aid gets only to New Yorkers who qualify.

DiNapoli says the Labor Department didn’t even seek to recover $383,000 in overpayments because a year had lapsed.

The Labor Department says it will tighten its controls.