When the government forgives million dollar corporate debts but threatens you with a lawsuit over a 5 cent unemployment overpayment, you know we need to reorganize. washington state news EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - When the Washington state Department of Employment Security notified Sandi Bryan that she owed money for an unemployment compensation overpayment more than six years ago, she picked up the phone. Little good that did - until word that she was being threatened with court action over a nickel reached the right ears. Bryan told The Wenatchee World she asked the state employee who took her call on a toll-free line whether she should mail in a nickel taped to a piece of paper. "I said, 'Do you realize for this nickel, you paid an employee to type this ... (spent) 37 cents for postage, and you want me to pay for a money order and the postage?'" she said. The response was that the money had to be paid properly. End of discussion. Bryan said she was overpaid when she was on unemployment for about three months more than six years ago but thought she had paid it all back. Then, out of the blue, she got a notice dated June 18 that demanded payment of five cents, after which "the Superior Court warrant will be satisfied immediately."