DES MOINES, Iowa — The only reason Iowa Workforce Development hasn’t been telling the truth about the extra unemployment benefits it paid out in March is because it believes in the honesty of Iowans.

Because 85 people contacted the agency to report receiving extra unemployment benefits, IWD has claimed the computer problem that caused it to issue extra unemployment benefits resulted in over paying, well, 85 people.

But testifying under oath before the Iowa State Senate Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday, IWD Unemployment Insurance Division Administrator Michael Wilkinson and Regional Operations Manager David Eklund reluctantly conceded the agency doesn’t actually know how many people received extra benefits.