Labor Department didn’t follow instructions, Kelly says

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Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday that the Labor Department tried to claw back $7 million in duplicate unemployment benefits against the directions of her staff.

The attempt to reclaim the duplicate payments to more than 4,500 people led to the bank accounts of some beneficiaries being overdrawn.

The governor also said her administration is looking into reports that some beneficiaries who did not receive duplicate payments had money withdrawn from their accounts.

During a news briefing Monday, the governor said the Labor Department was directed not to move forward with trying to reverse the payments.

"We will determine how . . .

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