New Brunswick government collects $500,000 in social assistance overpayments

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FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's minister of social development says her department has recovered more than $500,000 in social assistance overpayments in the past year.

Madeleine Dube says there's about $14 million that could be collected in all.

She says any money that is owed should be repaid, but her department will work with former social assistance recipients to ensure they are in a position to repay the funds.

In November 2011, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs said there was a potential to collect $200 million from a variety of overdue accounts.

He said the government would target unpaid vehicle fines, court fines, social assistance overpayments and unpaid loans or bills for the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Departments.

Geographic location: New Brunswick, FREDERICTON

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