Benefit Payment Control Unit (BPCU)
200 Folly Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
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To ask questions about your overpayment and receive an email response:
Fax Number: (860) 263-6343
Unemployment Fraud Hotline: 1-800-894-3490
Report Unemployment Fraud
The Benefit Payment Control Unit (BPCU), governed by
Section 31-273 of the Connecticut General Statutes and
to 31-273-9 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, is responsible
for the prevention, detection and recovery of overpaid unemployment
compensation benefits. There are two types of overpayments: fraud and
non-fraud. A fraud overpayment is the result of wilful misrepresentation or
wilful nondisclosure of information provided by an individual in order to
obtain unemployment compensation benefits.
- A monetary penalty is assessed to all fraudulent overpayments established
on or after October 1, 2013 and is in addition to the actual amount of the
overpayment. For the first fraudulent overpayment one will have to pay a
penalty in the amount equal to 50% (1/2) of the overpayment amount and for
any additional fraudulent overpayments one will have to pay a penalty equal
to the amount of the overpayment (100% of the overpayment).
Overpayments to individuals can also result from an employer
protesting an eligibility issue, or from the reversal by an appeals referee
of an earlier decision to grant benefits. An individual who fails to seek
work or who fails to properly maintain their eligibility status during the
claim series can also be charged with an overpayment. Such overpayments are
referred to as “non-fraud” overpayments.
– For fraudulent overpayments, if found to be in non-compliance of the law, interest at a rate of 1% of the
current balance will be charged each month.
Methods used to prevent or limit overpayments include the use of sophisticated
computer cross-matches with state and federal databases, return-to-work
reports, and tips from the public.
When a potential overpayment has been detected, staff will conduct
a full audit of the weeks involved. Once the audit is completed, a letter
will be sent to the individual explaining the potential overpayment as well
as the individual’s rights and responsibilities.
After an overpayment decision becomes final, immediate repayment of those benefits is
required. If payment is not made immediately, the Labor Department may
employ one or all of the following methods to recoup the overpaid amount.
Personal Checks or Money Orders
The Labor Department accepts personal checks, money orders payable to:
ADMINISTRATOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.
Send your Check/Money Order to:
Connecticut Department of Labor
Post Office Box 30290
Hartford, CT 06150
Please include your name and the last four numbers of your social security number on your check or money order.
- The Labor Department offersyou the option of using your Visa, Master Card, American
Express, Discover, Debit Card, or E-Check at (Official Payments link). Please note: A
convenience fee will be charged by the service provider. You will be
informed of the amount of the convenience fee during the transaction and you
may choose to cancel the transaction.
– A full or partial deduction directly from the claimant’s
weekly benefit applied toward the overpayment.
If you are filing for Unemployment Benefits and have a balance
on a prior overpayment, money will be deducted from your
benefits and applied toward the overpayment
– If you are not complying with mandatory repayment of an
overpayment, the Labor Department may get a court order to have
your wages garnished to repay the debt.
State and Federal Tax Refund Intercepts
– Agreements with the State Department of Revenue Services and the U.S. Treasury allows for
the intercepting of tax refunds to be applied against non-compliant overpayments.