It appears as if Florida’ Economic Development Office referred thousands (as many as 19,000) cases to debt collectors that were not eligible for such action. An employee who was terminated after she raised this issue to her superiors won her case for wrongful termination. In 2012 she discovered that the State of Florida had erroneously been sending unemployment over-payment cases to private debt collectors. Many of the cases involved debts that were beyond the statute of limitations or targeted individuals who were deceased or who had filed for bankruptcy protection.
There has already been at least one lawsuit filed against Florida demanding $100,000.00. It was settled for an unknown amount. If you believe that you were wrongfully sent to collections by the State of Florida you should seek legal counsel to determine your rights.