MONEY
08/06/2012 08:56 am ET Updated Oct 06, 2012

Jim Holt Doesn't Have To Pay Back His Unemployment Benefits, Ruling Says

Unemployed Greeks wait in a long line at a state labor office to collect benefit checks, in Athens, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.
Unemployed Greeks wait in a long line at a state labor office to collect benefit checks, in Athens, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. Waiting times were lengthened by a computer system glitch early Monday. Greece, expecting a fourth year of recession in 2012, is suffering from a rapid rise in unemployment _ now at 16.5 percent _ and drop in living standards. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Jim Holt is off the hook for $19,295.

After collecting 19 months of unemployment benefits, the checks suddenly stopped coming.
When he asked why, the state said Holt's former employer -- Diocesan Housing Services, an entity of the Catholic Diocese of Camden -- was a nonprofit religious organization and therefore exempt from paying into the unemployment system.

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