TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Lang Vo‘s “Quickest Street to $1 million” lottery money prize was worn out as quick as you possibly can say, “Blissful Birthday!” thanks to a pending Division of Financial Alternative overpayment concern.
“It’s some huge cash for me,” the Titusville waitress informed Information 6. “I really feel like they simply went into the checking account and simply took my cash.”
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Vo stated she received the prize in August however waited to ship it in to Tallahassee so she would have cash to cowl her birthday weekend bills on Sept. 26.
As an alternative of a verify for $1,000, she obtained a verify for $175 with an evidence that the lacking funds had been directed to the DEO due to an unemployment advantages overpayment.
Vo has labored the final 17 years for the favored Dixie Crossroads seafood restaurant in Titusville, however final March all the employees was furloughed due to COVID-19.
“So (in) nearly two months we had been all out of labor,” Vo stated. “I obtained a letter, I believe, August (2021) saying I owed $825.”
Vo stated members of the restaurant’s employees had been getting the identical letter for varied overpayment quantities from the state, which threatened it will garnish wages to accumulate the funds.
She appealed her overpayment concern to the DEO, however by Monday her account confirmed it was nonetheless beneath overview.
“So nonetheless, to today, it’s nonetheless pending but they’ve already collected the $825,” she stated. “I really feel like I used to be robbed.”
Paradoxically, Governor Ron DeSantis and the DEO issued a request to Florida’s Chief Monetary Officer Jimmy Patronis final week to “indefinitely defer all referrals to assortment businesses for all non-fraudulent money owed.”
The Governor’s request particularly referred to all weeks from March 1, 2020 to Sept. 4, 2021.
DEO Secretary Dane Eagle stated the announcement was designed to “assist Floridians elevate above avoidable setbacks of their private financial recoveries.”
“And it’s laborious as it’s,” Vo informed Information 6. “I’m nonetheless struggling. Work continues to be not at full capability. I’ve a house, I’ve a mortgage.”
Information 6′s Make Ends Meet staff despatched her case to a DEO reemployment consultant Monday, and fewer than 24 hours later, Vo despatched a really completely happy textual content to us:
“I simply received a name from the DEO. They are going to be sending me my refund for $825. Thanks guys a lot for making this occur.”
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