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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Several other people are telling stories about the state of Indiana demanding that they pay back $ 10,000 or more in unemployment benefits in the event of a pandemic.

Lisa Sales was surprised when she logged into the state’s unemployment claims portal a few weeks ago. According to the state, she owes $ 9,878, virtually all of her jobless claims since the start of 2021.

“My stomach has fallen. It scared me because I thought it couldn’t be right, ”Sales said.

She was a self-employed entrepreneur working as a reporter for textual hearings with the Federal Social Security Administration until all hearings ended in March 2020.

Earlier this year, when the portal asked her to provide proof of employment, she said she did so on February 15, months before the deadline. Then she did it a second time at the unemployment office a few months later in May, when the claim had still not been removed from the system.

But, she said, the bill fell due on June 7.

“I was shocked. I thought it couldn’t be right,” Sales said. “It says why. He said I didn’t hand in proof of employment. I knew I had two. time.

She also sent her appeal twice.

For Sales, after two tries and two appeals, it’s frustrating.

“Not very comfortable,” she said. “It’s not like I can trust what they’re doing, that they’re going to take care of it.”

He was told it was a decision that could not be appealed to the DWD. He now has to go before a judge even though he was told over the phone that his documents had been properly received.

“I know I’m right. I know it’s there, ”Sales said. “I think it’s ridiculous that I have to go to a judge when it’s all there and they know it’s all there.”

Now it’s a waiting game, 8 to 14 weeks for this hearing. It is an uncertainty which is not easy.

“Because I have plans. I want to do things, ”Sales said. “I want to do projects and I need to know if I should pay back $ 10,000 that I shouldn’t have to pay back. It’s frustrating.”

At least three other people have contacted since our story first aired Tuesday night with similar stories.

The sales story is similar to the one News showed in News 8 on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. This case involved Lynn Moreau nail salon owner.

Wednesday, News 8’s Richard Essex visited the Department of Workforce Development offices in downtown Indianapolis demanding answers. All he could get was bypass and the doors locked.

News 8 contacted the Workforce Development Department again on Thursday and received no response.


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