Audit Says 20,000 NJ Inmates Were Mistakenly Paid Millions in Benefits

$24 million in total


TRENTON — While one inmate was locked up for more than a year for a drug offense, the unemployment benefits were coming in — all $39,000, and then some.

Another serving time for unlawful possession of a weapon started receiving unemployment only after spending three months in prison, and was paid more than $25,000 over a year.