153. A person who has received a benefit to which he is not entitled or which exceeds the amount to which he is entitled shall reimburse the excess amount received to the Minister.
The Minister may recover the amount of the debt within three years of payment of the benefit or, in the case of fraud, within three years of becoming aware of the fraud.
He may also cancel the debt if he considers that, in view of the circumstances, the amount is unrecoverable, or he may deduct the amount of the debt, in the manner prescribed by regulation of the Government, from any sum he owes to the debtor.
The Minister may, in a case of fraud, make a deduction under the third paragraph notwithstanding a debtor’s application for review or appeal.