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The penalty weeks unfortunately do not expire. This isn't something like points a person's driver's license that go away, or a lawsuit where they only have a certain amount of time to file. The state has already determined that you received money you weren't supposed to get, and the penalty weeks are the punishment they've assessed. The fact that you haven't "served" the punishment yet because you didn't file for unemployment doesn't mean the punishment goes away. The only way to make that time go away is to apply for unemployment (when necessary) to penalty the waiting period.
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