Yes but ... in that example the excess employer contributions that the employee was not entitle to and that had to "come out" of the retirement plan, were forfeited by the employee and went back to the "plan" for future matching.
In my case the 401k has been rolled to an IRA so it is no longer a part of the plan. It has to come out of the IRA and be returned to the plan (or so the employer suggests) via a payment to them.
The IRA people at FIdelity tell me that ANY thing coming out of the IRA is a distribution and is treated as such. So... to get money out of the plan it requires a distribution and associated taxes and penalties.
Some suggest the distribution comes to me and I can pay taxes and penalties and keep what remains. However, that does not do what the example suggests by returning excess contributions to the plan (former employer).
If a distribution is made directly from the IRA to the Plan, Fidelity still issues a 1099 reporting the distribution and it triggers (I think) associated taxes and penalties.
Some suggested to not pay the penalties and when/if the IRS bills me, then explain and petition for a waiver as not-my-fault and I benefited in no way.
I have no idea which is best and least risk. Still researching. Any more advice is much appreciated.