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Man applies for jobless benefits, gets $45,339 bill

Imagine Dennis Cutrona’s surprise when instead of receiving his first unemployment check this month, he got a bill from the state for $45,339.

The Lawrence man is one of as many as 300 out-of-work Massachusetts residents who are erroneously being told they owe thousands of dollars in overpayments because of what the state Department of Unemployment Assistance calls “data conversion issues” with its new computer system.

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