Now, you stall — and eventually try to come to a settlement. IDES is so far behind, I doubt that they will start any collection proceedings for at least a year. At some point this may catch up with you — but don’t lose sleep. There are so many people being asked to refund unemployment benefits that I wonder how they can even get money OUT to people who deserve it.
Seriously, the old saying ” you can’t get blood from a turnip” applies here. YOu don’t have the money so you can’t pay. Tough to have it hanging over your head — but if they contact you just say you have mo money. Down the road, if they ever get organized, they may lien your home or your wages — but that’s a long way away and you’ll have plenty of warning.