State unemployment fraud review vindicates over 44-thousand

Aug 11, 2017

Thousands of Michiganders are were vindicated Friday.

The review found that 44-thousand people were falsely accused of unemployment fraud between October of 20-13 and August of 20-15. A faulty computer system and a lack of oversight churned out tens of thousands of fraud accusations.

Unemployment Insurance Agency director Wanda Stokes says they’ve implemented changes to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“In going forward we want to improve a number of our processes. We want to improve our communications.”

Stokes says they’re ready to put this issue to rest.

“We’re glad we’re at a point where we can bring some closure to the number of actual citizens and cases that are involved in this review. And then now start the process of going forward.”

She says the agency is making changes to improve the system.

“We’re going to do everything that we can to make sure that we correct all the issues that we had and everything that’s in process to this point, and then just make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”

The agency is in the process of returning over 20 (m) million dollars to the falsely accused.

Many of those falsely accused are also in the process of suing the state.