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I am sorry to hear that you committed unemployment fraud and failed to report earnings to unemployment while you were collecting benefits. YES, the director of unemployment has the authority to waive interest and penalties on these types of claims and you can indeed negotiate with the unemployment office to settle for less on these claims. The director also has the power to waive the claim based on significant financial hardship, which is also what you are claiming.
To do this, you need to contact their office and you need to make an offer to settle. You need to explain that you have a significant financial hardship because of the disability and it does not appear you will be able to return to work anytime in the future. it can take several calls back and forth, but it is possible to negotiate a resolution to the reimbursement you owe them.
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