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Inmates collect illegal unemployment benefits

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ALBANY, NY (CBS) - New York State says inmates have racked up nearly one-half million dollars in unemployment benefits. 

The are not typical out-of-work New Yorkers; they were all behind bars when they got busted.

The State Labor Department says it learned about the problem last year from an audit that showed prisoners were collecting unemployment checks.

Since January, the Labor Department says it's found 126 prisoners who took part. 

It amounted to more than $460,000 in stolen benefits.

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