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      DEW director: Overpayments down, collections up

      John Finan says the Department of Employment and Workforce has collected millions in reimbursements this year through residents' federal income tax returns

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's interim unemployment director says the agency is overpaying less and recouping more of the excess benefits that are doled out.

      John Finan says the Department of Employment and Workforce has collected millions in reimbursements this year through residents' federal income tax returns. That program was launched in January.

      Finan says overpayments are largely due to people claiming they're still unemployed after getting a job or businesses failing to report their new hires.

      Legislators have been highly critical of an overpayment rate that reached nearly 18 percent of all benefits paid in 2011. Finan says the rate should drop to 10 percent by summer.

      Senators will question Finan's successor about further reducing those numbers. Gov. Nikki Haley named New York labor lawyer Cheryl Stanton as her choice last week.