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Hi. I applied to xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxxx since I was forced to retire because I was discriminated against. I received Unemployment Benefits for only a few months and it stopped in June 2017. I have received a notice that I was overpaid for Unemployment Insurance Benefits plus 15% fraud penalty charge. If I pay the total sum back, will I have a criminal record of fraud? Will this impact my future employment, applying for auto loans, mortgages, etc.? I do not feel that I have committed a fraud but I just feel that I need to pay it off to move forward with my life. I have already appealed this decision but they have come back and said to repay + penalty. Shall I take this case to Circuit Court? What is my best option.

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