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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX/AP) -The Missouri labor department is scrambling to find out if they have a big problem on their hands. The department has discovered several people who received unemployment benefits while in prison.

The revelation came less than a month after it started a new process which runs the names of unemployment benefit recipients against a list of state inmates.

The labor department says initially it found only one prisoner who had filed for jobless benefits but that led to an additional 10 inmates who had filed for unemployment benefits, including seven who had received money and now owe the taxpayers and the state about $14,000.

Prisoners are not eligible for jobless benefits because they are not available to work.

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