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Bamboozled: NJ Unemployment Mix-up Almost Costs Man $15,000, Then State Garnishes His Tax Refund

Billy Woodward was told he had to repay unemployement benefits because the Catholic diocese he worked for was a nonprofit religious organization and exempt from paying into the unemployment system
Bamboozled: NJ Unemployment Mix-up Almost Costs Man $15,000, Then State Garnishes His Tax Refund


Billy Woodward has a good job as an electrician. But for a couple of weeks a year when business is slow, he's instructed by his employer to stay home and file for unemployment benefits.

So for the past several years, Woodward, 25, has collected unemployment a week here or there, but never for weeks at a stretch.

And certainly never $15,000 worth, records show.

Bamboozled has been here before.

There was the story of Jim Holt, the man who collected more than $19,000 in unemployment benefits after he was laid off from a maintenance job with an entity of the Catholic Diocese of Camden. He was t...

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