Former NJ Resident Refuses to Pay Decades-Old $73 Debt

Mass. woman balks at paying old unemployment debt to NJ

Tuesday, May 1, 2012  |  Updated 11:50 AM EDT
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A Massachusetts woman who got a bill for $73 from the state of New Jersey for a decades-old debt says she has no intention of paying.

Alice Mainville, of Amesbury, got a letter last fall telling her she owes New Jersey's Department of Labor $73 because it gave her too much money in an unemployment check 35 years ago.

Mainville tells the Daily News of Newburyport she collected unemployment during a labor dispute at the bakery where she worked when she was 17.

"What blows me away is that any time or energy went to collecting a $73 debt. Surely, there's something more lucrative for the state to pursue," Mainville told the paper.

Mainville, who moved to Massachusetts after high school, says she won't pay because New Jersey officials have not explained how they concluded she owes the money.

New Jersey Department of Labor spokeswoman Kerri Gatling says there is no bad debt “write-off” in unemployment insurance law.


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