Michigan will replace unemployment tech known for false fraud issues
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency announced Wednesday it chose Deloitte to develop a new online unemployment system for workers and employers. It will overhaul the decade-old Michigan Integrated Data Automated System – known as MiDAS – that has a history of issues around fraud detection. Related: Michigan unemployment agency unlawfully demanded money back, class-action lawsuit saysWith uFACTS, workers will also have easier access to their claims, making them less dependent on the agency. The unemployment agency says there won’t be any interruptions to services as Michigan transitions to the new system. More on MLive:Michigan to pay $20M to workers falsely accused of unemployment fraudMichigan man owed $25K in pandemic unemployment, class-action lawsuit saysMichigan unemployment agency ordered to stop collections for some workersmlive.com
‘I could not believe what I was seeing’: Woman shares story of $17K bill from Michigan unemployment agency
She filed for unemployment as an independent contractor and soon the checks she needed arrived, but then late last year she received a notification from UIA telling her she owed the state $17,000. She was stunned.
Unemployed will soon have to prove they’re searching for work – or lose benefits
The work search requirement is about to restart in Michigan – meaning unemployed people must prove they’re looking for work if they want to keep getting benefits. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency hasn’t been enforcing it since. The work search requirement applies to everyone on unemployment, including state and federal programs. To satisfy the work search requirement, applicants must report one “work search activity” per week. Some people can get a waiver to avoid having to prove a work search, but the UIA hasn’t explained yet who can get a waiver.mlive.com
Michigan halts payments on 100,000 unemployment claims ‘likely filed by criminals’
There’s been a “dramatic increase” in unemployment claims filed in the past week in Michigan, so state officials are putting up fraud protections in hopes of blocking out criminals. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has flagged about 100,000 claims ‘likely filed by criminals,’ the agency said in a news release Wednesday, April 7. Most of the fraud is coming via the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which is paid for via temporary federal aid and not Michigan unemployment dollars. RELATED: Feds send Michigan money to find unemployment fraudMore than 500,000 claims were halted last spring for potential fraud. Some criminals impersonate others using previously stolen information to get unemployment money.mlive.com
After 5 weeks with no benefits, group of Michigan workers eligible for unemployment again
The package allowed for an additional 11 weeks of benefits for people on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs. PUA had offered 39 weeks of benefits and now offers 50 weeks, while PEUC had offered 13 weeks of benefits and now gives 24 weeks. Anybody in Michigan who exhausted their 39 weeks of PUA or 13 weeks of PEUC hasn’t been getting unemployment benefits. About 66% of the claimants are on federal benefits – which includes PUA, PEUC or Extended Benefits – because they’re not/no longer eligible for state benefits. For PEUC claimants, they aren’t automatically enrolled in the program once their state benefits expire – as happened previously.mlive.com
Michigan residents still fighting unemployment fraud amid tax season
DETROIT – Some Michigan residents have been receiving 1099-G forms for unemployment benefits that they never applied for or received. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency was hacked last year. She said receiving the 1099-G is just the latest update in a long struggle with the unemployment agency. The larger problem for many people is that they’re getting kicked up into a higher tax bracket, where the tax bill is still higher. READ: Task force cracking down on unemployment fraud in Michigan
$300 payments begin, but most Michigan unemployed workers are still getting $0
Some jobless Michiganders started getting an extra $300 per week in benefits drop into their account this week, however the majority of Michigan residents on unemployment are still getting no benefits at all. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency announced Monday, Jan. 11, it has started paying out the extra $300 per week to some residents. But the $300 is only going out right now to people on state unemployment or the Extended Benefits program. Anybody receiving at least $1 in state or federal unemployment pay in a given week will get the extra $300. Claimants don’t need to take any action to get the extra $300, it will happen automatically, per the UIA.mlive.com
Thousands of Michigan residents still struggling to get unemployment benefits
DETROIT – Last month, when the director of the Michigan Unemployment Office resigned, promises were made that critical fixes would be made and help would arrive for the thousands struggling to get benefits. On Monday, those problems still remain. Many people have been going back and forth with unemployment officials for months with no end in sight. Many people are desperate for help. Watch the video above for the full report.
The biggest problems people encounter when filing for unemployment
DETROIT – New unemployment claims have been increasing as states start to put new restrictions in place to deal with a surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. There were 853,000 people who applied for benefits last week, that’s the most since September. In Michigan, another 20,000 people applied for benefits. Local 4′s Hank Winchester found out that a lot of people are still running into trouble trying to get their benefits. READ: Michigan father locked in battle with unemployment agency over lack of benefitsWatch the video above for the full report.
Michigan father locked in battle with unemployment agency over lack of benefits
DETROIT – A father of four has been locked in a battle with the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency since the summer. He hadn’t received any benefits, and after running into a problem at every turn he reached out to the Help Me Hank team for help. He has been working for months to try to get the benefits owed to him. Local 4′s Hank Winchester investigated and now the father will be getting his benefits. The problem was that the father’s identity had been stolen and because of that, his account was put on hold.
Audit: Effort to speed unemployment payments exposed system to fraud
LANSING, Mich. – An audit to address issues at the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) found that shortcuts used to expedite payments left the agency vulnerable to fraud in hundreds of millions of dollars. The audit done by Deloitte cited multiple actions taken that caused problems. Michigan officials are warning residents of an email scam that is attempting to retrieve personal information from individuals collecting unemployment benefits. According to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, an email is being sent to claimants seeking personal information. The email is being sent from a Gmail account that appears to be from the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) -- it is not.
Michigan unemployment worker charged with stealing money from agency amid record demand
Michigan unemployment worker charged with stealing money from agency amid record demandPublished: August 26, 2020, 5:44 pmA Michigan unemployment worker has been charged with stealing money from the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency at a time when thousands of residents are still having trouble getting benefits.
Michigan unemployment worker charged with stealing money from agency amid record demand
A Michigan unemployment worker has been charged with stealing money from the states Unemployment Insurance Agency at a time when thousands of residents are still having trouble getting benefits. More than 1.5 million Michigan residents have filed for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the need is so great that many people have had trouble collecting their payments. READ: FEMA approves Michigan for additional $300 in weekly unemployment paymentsNow, officials are investigating a disturbing new twist: employees on the inside stealing from the UIA. Anyone who steals unemployment funds steals form the people of Michigan.Rose and another employee, Serenity Poynter 36, of Detroit, are accused of filing almost 100 fraudulent unemployment claims. Investigators said they used Poynters name to file the claims and used different social security numbers.
Michigan UIA offices closed, unemployment claims unanswered amid ID theft investigation
Michigan UIA offices closed, unemployment claims unanswered amid ID theft investigationPublished: July 7, 2020, 5:38 pmThe Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency remains closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, as tens of thousands of Michigan workers wait to receive a response or benefits.
Michigan UIA: Unanswered unemployment claims to receive response by July 4
LANSING, Mich. – Eligible Michiganders who are still waiting to receive unemployment insurance benefits may receive funds by July 4. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) announced Tuesday a goal to respond to all unanswered claims filed before May 1 by July 4. Officials say unpaid claims filed before May 1 comprise only 0.5 percent of all claims in Michigan. When the pandemic hit the state in March and forced residents to isolate at home, claims for unemployment benefits were filed at unprecedented rates. Officials say the UIA will announce a target date to respond to unanswered claims filed after May 1, 2020.
How to file for unemployment in Michigan as coronavirus creates enormous demand
DETROIT – If you tried entering an unemployment office Thursday, you found locked doors and information guiding you to online resources. The demand right now is enormous, according to Erica Quealy, a spokesperson for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. Also see: Michigan expands unemployment to include self-employed, gig workers; increases weekly benefits“We can confirm that the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency is currently experiencing an average 550% increase in claims compared to normal anticipated activity this time of year,” Quealy said. The website is slow and the phone lines are backed up because of the number of people trying to file claims. UPDATE: Michigan implements unemployment filing schedule based on last name“Through Gov.