Michigan freezes 340k unemployment accounts amid fraud probe and pandemic

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has so far paid claims to roughly 1.7 million unemployed or partially unemployed residents since mid-March. (Shutterstock photo)

June 19: Michigan may have lost millions to over 100,000 fake unemployment claims
June 12: 400K unemployment claims now flagged in Michigan fraud investigation
June 10: Frustrations rise over 340K frozen jobless claims, Michigan’s lack of answers

LANSING — The state of Michigan has frozen 340,000 unemployment accounts, blocking cash assistance for jobless residents while it investigates suspected fraud by imposters seeking to take advantage of enhanced benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Friday. 

The state has already identified a “significant amount of fraud” in new applications, according to Jeff Donofrio, director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. 

But “stop orders” issued by the state could impact residents who legitimately qualified for benefits, some of whom have spent weeks or even months trying to navigate an unemployment system overwhelmed by record claim volumes.

“Unfortunately, because of this criminal activity, some of those folks are experiencing additional delays,” Donofrio acknowledged, calling unemployment fraud an emerging national issue.  

“We know a large number of people who were swept up to this were eligible, and we don’t want to harm them. We want to get them into benefits. We’re just taking the cautious approach here, working with law enforcement, working with fraud experts on this.”

The 340,000 frozen accounts had been “active,” meaning the state had already made payments through debit cards. Officials are asking claimants to log into an online system, verify their identity and provide additional documentation to prove they are eligible, Donofrio said. 

The Unemployment Insurance Agency has 600 staffers reviewing those claims and is also using data analytics to “evaluate if there are large groups of people that we could batch back in and move back into payment,” he said. “We’re working on this as quickly as we can.”

Michigan is not the only state battling a new wave of unemployment insurance fraud, complicating efforts to speed up payments to residents who lost jobs because of the coronavirus and forced business closures. 

States “across the country” have been hit by fraudsters, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported Wednesday on identity theft investigations in North Dakota, Maine and Pennsylvania. 

“Every state is now experiencing this, and it is just sickening that these criminals would would put us in the situation,” Donofrio said Friday.

Attorney General Dana Nessel on Friday also announced the creation of a task force that will help investigate and prosecute fraud in the unemployment insurance program in coordination with the Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Labor and state agencies.

“To steal money from this program intended to support households during a major global crisis is beyond reprehensible,” Nessel said in a statement. 

Unemployment insurance fraud is a particularly fraught topic in Michigan, where tens of thousands of residents were falsely accused of fraud by a faulty computer system between October 2013 and August 2015. 

Michigan eventually paid out $21 million in refunds, but attorneys in an ongoing class action lawsuit are seeking larger damages from the state for falsely accused residents who had their income taxes or wages seized by the government, causing additional financial hardship. 

The state now requires humans to review any computer-based fraud determinations, but the recent rounds of stop orders are “increasing the level of desperation tenfold” among legitimate claimants who lost their jobs during the pandemic, said employment attorney Jennifer Lord. 

Concerned residents have been calling her law firm, which is representing plaintiffs in the false fraud lawsuit, to complain about recent delays, Lord told Bridge.

“I got an email from someone who was paid until May, and then all of a sudden they got this stop payment order, and they can’t communicate [with anyone at the UIA] because you can email 100 times or you could be on the phone for seven hours a day and five days in a row and people still aren’t picking up the phones,” she said.

Lord is providing jobless claimants what she called “the most satisfying advice that you can imagine: Keep trying. Contact the agency at odd hours. Don’t give up.”

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has so far paid claims to roughly 1.7 million unemployed or partially unemployed residents since mid-March, Donofrio said.  It has received about 2.2 million total applications and is “evaluation which of those are eligible to move onto benefits,” he said.

In an afternoon video press conference, Donofrio told reporters the state’s computer system typically flags suspected fraud but then a human reviews it before an account is frozen.

“We are very sensitive to fraud in this state given our history, and we want to make sure that we are acting appropriately, and that's why we're taking these steps,” Donforio said, noting Michgian is also working with a third-party forensic auditing firm to help it determine what is fraudulent and what is not. 

“We want to make sure we protect the people of Michigan and also make sure that we're moving people into benefits as quickly as possible,” he said. 

Donofrio declined to say how many cases of unemployment fraud the state has so far confirmed. 

“We're trying not to reveal too much of our tactics,” he said during the video press conference. “We know criminals are likely watching right now, and every time we talk about the tactics that we're using and how we're going about this, they alter this. It's like whack a mole.”

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Fri, 06/05/2020 - 7:31pm

I've been waiting 11 weeks now. Took out a loan to pay bills. Im now in default. The asked me verify my identity 4 weeks ago and I did! I was asked again this week! They are full of it!

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 11:38am

I feel your pain and discouragement. Myself I kept jumping through the hoops until I tripped and ended up in having to protest their decision I was not part of the Michigan workforce. I then reprovided what they needed, even a copy of my (CASHED BY THE STATE) on time quarterly april 15th ES tax payment for my business, that I have been making over 20 years. NEXT ONE WILL BE SENT THIS WEEK. but remember told I was not part of the michigan workforce and now my protest sits in purgatory. I was glad to be able to return to the activities of my business may 7th. I believe it is all purposeful, I am doubting if I will ever see that money, they stole 6 weeks of my income to hopefully handicap me, maybe all part of the plan. I am grateful I am dependent on someone else who one day everyone will bow a knee too and acknowledge He is Lord and give an account .Then maybe when shoe is on the other foot that day, I will have my say, "tell it to the Judge"

Jennifer Wozniak
Wed, 06/10/2020 - 5:58pm

American citizens have had their social security numbers stolen. It's a colossal problem. If you are legit, you should be able to prove it. If not, the federal government has to fix the problem with security measures to protect illegal use of social security numbers, like a text message whenever it is being used. That way we can stop crooks immediately. We have to fix this outrageous federal government failure ASAP.

Evel Knievel
Fri, 06/05/2020 - 8:11pm

Donofrio is a straight up LIAR and thief. They shouldn't be able to rip off & steal federal assistance money that goes into Michigan UIA based on vague, baseless and unproven claims of fraud. They should not be able to stop payment based on a software claim of fraud, they should have PROOF. You shouldn't have to prove no fraud to get paid. They should have to prove fraud before stopping payments, period. Everyone at UIA should have to go through the system to get paid, the same as people laid off. I bet the system would suddenly start working......

John B.
Mon, 06/15/2020 - 11:23pm

This goes all the way to Governor Whitmer's office. She is ULTIMATELY responsible for this UIA identity theft disaster. There should have been proper protocols from the beginning to prevent this current situation.
The governor should be recalled for this absolutely incomprehensible failure.

Khristopher Jennings
Fri, 06/05/2020 - 9:27pm

I told them about a saftey bonus i got they stopped my payment completely .but others didnt claim the money and are still receiving benefits !!!why should i get flagged for the truth and they lie and get paid ?system is broken they tried to stop mine for fraud on my id but i sent it in on time i got the letter 2 days before due date. They need help or someone to oversee it to make the rules are followed.10 days thing is a joke 12 days and counting and no change!!!You call and it hangs up ,they say website that's broke to chat with agent lol not send a message been waiting 2 months for a reply

Georgia White
Sat, 06/06/2020 - 1:55am

I like to know why my pua from unemployment was flagged i sent them all my information and still haven't heard anything from no one

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 9:17am

And we are going to have no fraud when it comes to voting, it think it is inevitable !!!!

middle of the mit
Sun, 06/07/2020 - 10:18pm

Oh NO! Voter fraud!

By what? Mail?

Why do you believe this? Give us some proof of voter fraud committed by mail. Just Oogle it. I did. I still can't see how any actual voter would be able to commit fraud. Most of the examples are of missing ballots. Is it your fault if your elections officials don't count ballots? And this came from the Heritage Foundation. I am not going to link but it will pop in the search terms. They gave evidence from 2016 and 2018. But republicans won 2016 and dems won 2018. Soooo?

Is this like the unemployment rate going down while you tell us people won't go to work because they will make more money off of unemployment?

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 11:56am

Appalling frankly. You cut off 340,000 thousand people's aid with ZERO actual reason. "International criminal ring"? Yeah right. Dime to a dollar says 99.9% of those claims are legitimate.

J Christensen
Sat, 06/06/2020 - 12:52pm

I am one of the legitimate Michigan claimants. My family have been Michiganders for generations. Until this pandemic, I have never had to deal with an unemployment system. But once I lost my job due to the pandemic with no certainly it will even exist to go back to on the other side, I became really worried... I had some issues applying initially, but after a short while, I was able to apply and get approved for the benefits! And not a moment too soon! My bank account had fallen to less than $1... It was demoralizing! I was so grateful that there was a life preserver because I felt like I was drowning...

Now I understand that criminal actors are trying to exploit this opportunity to steal and defraud these needed funds. I’m just a layman, yet it does not necessarily surprise me that there are criminals trying to steal these funds... that’s what criminals do after all. I don’t need to be a detective to reason that this could be a potential and likely threat. Yet, inexplicably, as I read these updates on news sites (as these are the ONLY resources available to get ANY information), the quotes I’m reading make it sound as though this is some sort of late-breaking shocking development... am I to understand that NO ONE anticipated this happening? Of the multiple agencies paid and tasked to implement procedures and contingencies for just this type of ordeal, not one person thought to implement some sort of measure to protect the already suffering Michiganders from this?

Let me just say that the way this entire situation unfolded is bordering on cruel. A legitimate claimant who has been suffering and is on the brink of financial devastation, is finally granted a much needed reprieve, just in the nick of time! And then suddenly, with no warning whatsoever, LITERALLY on the day the most recent payment was scheduled to be paid, who has not had ANY indication that these benefits may suddenly, without warning be stopped! And even then the way that I find out is that my payment that I certified for never gets deposited as expected. After two days of nothing, I log into my account to find a mysterious “stop payment” status instead of the usual “payment processed”... completely out of left field.

Now I’m suddenly frantically trying to stop automatic bill payments from bouncing out of a checking account that isn’t funded... realizing that after two crazy-making days of hundreds of fruitless attempts to find any answers from the UIA, that I’m back where I was ... further behind actually, because now my bank account is below zero, having been unable to stop two payments already scheduled that were both returned and assessed over $50 in overdraft fees.

In the blink of an eye, someone makes a decision that has a devastating effect on thousands of embattled Michiganders, because no one thought to consider that criminals might commit crimes at a moment that’s essentially a perfect storm of conditions to do so successfully?

There wasn’t ANY consideration of the incredible damage and additional suffering they would certainly, by their OWN admission, be inflicting on us? What kinda system sacrifices people on the brink without hesitation? They couldn’t have paid one more claim and THEN concerted efforts to verify the IDs of those accounts flagged?

Why is it that every single time someone FAILS to provide support to the PEOPLE they are CHARGED to assist, the burden is placed on those most devastated by this horrific pandemic? It’s no wonder the county is on the brink of insurrection!

It’s cruel, it’s heartbreaking, it’s humiliating, it’s denegrading, it’s demoralizing, and it’s perpetrated without a single shred of apology...

Geoffrey Owen
Mon, 06/08/2020 - 12:40am

Your comments are clearly written and touch the contradictions of this bureaucratic blunder. I can see that my family frustration lies ahead. I wish you and your family the best in dealing with the multiple catastophies. Stay safe, things have a way of working out.

Jerisha Glenn
Sat, 06/06/2020 - 1:17pm

Thank u for the clarity

Kevin Austin
Sat, 06/06/2020 - 1:20pm

Yeah I waited 6 weeks to go to court of appeals to be approved for my unemployment and before I could even do my very first certification I've already got a stop payment indicator on there because of a bunch of thieves and I don't feel that that's very fair to me since I did in fact go to court and had to prove who I was in court so I'm sitting here with no money and no food and no checks coming and it's just not fair

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 3:03pm

Why would you pay a sub teacher making 100 a day $775 dollars a week in care pay and unemployment even if they were not subbing 5 days a week. ? I don't follow this logic. Oh yes and they are retired.

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 5:56pm

Is it a ETA on how much longer it will be if you sent in the information they ask?

Bjorn Kus
Sat, 06/06/2020 - 10:35pm

My address got switched somehow, more than just a little too so I never received my card or the first 2 weeks of benefits so I switched to direct deposit. I got one payment and they sent the letter. I faxed and mailed it in 2 weeks ago with all my info now a link in my account says upload the info again so I did. I've sent it in 3 times 3 different ways and nothing. Cant get ahold of them online or phone, sent repeated messages online. Everyone in charge needs to be fired, this is a literal tragedy

Daniel Vandenberg
Sun, 06/07/2020 - 7:36am

Yes I would be upset. But I'd be upset with the criminals not the state. They're stealing from the taxpayers. If you're caught committing fraud you should get two choices. Go to prison for 20 years or work on the roads for the next 2 for free.

Dennis Schrantz
Sun, 06/07/2020 - 8:17am

The article is in error. Approved UIA claimants like me that have Stop Payments have not been provided an opportunity to prove our identity because we've NOT received the "remedy", i.e. UIA Form 637 that requires a personal certification that we are who we say and documented proof (passport, birth certificate, social security card, driver's license). We've only been told that the process to substantiate identity is "coming" via email and USPO mail. And for 3 weeks now, these emails and letters have NOT been distributed. Callers are directed to communicate on-line - you can't even leave a message. On-line communications are not responded to, nor is there a way to keep a record of the messages sent. Form 637 is not available on-line nor anywhere else.
I located a Form 637 from 2017 that a fellow blogger used years ago, copied the simple certification clause, and sent in ALL FOUR types of ID via the on-line messaging system and my account is still frozen. I haven't received payments since early May.
Pity the poor folk who unlike me have no other means of support (like Social Security) and who have NOTHING.

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 2:04pm

I’m sure there are instances of fraud, but Donofio’s claim that they’ve stopped payment on accounts flagged for fraud is an out and out lie! His agency has simply randomly selected 340,000 accounts to “investigate”.

I had already submitted my identity verification back in March, before they stopped payment for “non-monetary issues”. That was also a joke. There was never an explanation of what the “non-monetary issue” was or how to fix it. It took 6 weeks and a call to my state rep to finally fix that and receive payment. Now I have to verify my identity again?? Is his office not capable of reviewing a file to see that they already have the info they need?? Clearly, his office is not reviewing files before they stop payment. This is just a stall tactic to avoid paying legitimate claims.

If the governor, or any state employee, had their pay held up for weeks/months with no explanation and no way to contact anyone, I’m sure there would be changes. Maybe the governor should be banned from using her boat for at least 6 weeks or until the system is fixed!!

Fraud alert
Sun, 06/07/2020 - 10:09pm

I am not eligible nor did I sign up for unemployment, but I received a letter in the mail asking me for proof of Identification from the UI agency. This is not fake news.

The problem I see is that the State wants everyone to do this online and that is how the thieves get the data. Think Equifax, or any other major corporation data breech.

I wonder if all these companies that offer ID insurance are behind this..and if they aren't....will they be able to pay the claims?

Serious problem...
Tue, 06/09/2020 - 8:39pm

No, because those companies don't really protect you like they say they do. They claim to be able to inform you went there is suspicious use of your SSN on the web and dark web. I had such a service and the security company had no clue I was a victim.

Steve g
Sun, 06/07/2020 - 3:57pm

Simple cure......let them go back to work!

Geoffrey Owen
Mon, 06/08/2020 - 12:55am

Steve, I think you are saying that if we all go back to work we won't need to square away the UI problem. Eventually this may be how things
will work out. Until then we need to trust our governor and the health department advisors. The Washington Post maintains a page on states reopening which has graphs on every state. Michigan has done the best in dealing with the pandemic. The UI situation is a real issue. Getting back to work is an issue. It will happen.

G Kozlowski
Tue, 06/09/2020 - 12:52pm

I believe the problem is that the State has run out of money. I believe that in March, there was $4Billion in the fund. In April, with 1.5 million claims, the state's average paying out about $200 per week would equal $300 million per week or $1.2 billion per month. Add the $600 in and I wonder when the state gets reimbursed for that each week. I wish someone would be honest but the question to be asked is, "is the state out of money in the UIA fund"? I got into the chat queue last friday at 3:30PM and even though they stated I would be answered no one did and I left the queue at 11PM that night

Ibrahim Hussein
Sun, 06/07/2020 - 8:52pm

I was homeless sleeping in my car bey I lost my job because they closed my work and it take me 2 months to get my benefits on and they even called me on the phone and they know who I’m but it’s not a fraud thing but they want to cut everyone off.
It’s been almost 3 weeks we sent our documents but did not heard anything from them I sent them every day I’m literally out of gas and I just moved in and I’m about to lose this room again and end up going in the street .
They are waiting for the state open and then they will start calling every business and they will say oh your job open you can go back you’re not eligible but they don’t want to pay anymore that’s it they want everyone to be behind and go back to work in debit because they decided to cut us off early and struggling again .
Watch what is going to happen.
I haven’t heard any updates after I sent my document but this is what they doing waiting for the state to open and they screw us with money .
I will file a lawsuit this is not my fault they stop me from work and the coronavirus still all over the death rate is raising and it’s same but why they want to open now ?
So coronavirus was just a game they were scaring us with ?
I don’t see any change for coronavirus why they want us to go back to work ?
This is evil no doubt.

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 9:06pm

This is untrue.
Why would the UIA do this ?
There is no reason to stop 340k ????
But it seem like they are going to cut off 340k and they not not giving any updates to this minute because they are holding us to the day they open the state back in couple days and they will used this against us because they are opened now you should be able to go back to work.
This is the plan .
But making me go back to work while I’m in debt that’s is just so sick and wrong .
We all identified our self because it was not easy to get that benefits and they called me and made sure I was the person they made me sit at home and now I lost my job because they can’t have me back business it’s not doing good .
This is just sick so sick .
I know they will never put that payment back it’s over .

Kimberly Watson
Mon, 06/08/2020 - 9:25am

I have verified my idenity 6 times and still no money. You can't talk to anyone. Michigans Works should be opened. Speck to a Agent on site doesn't work. So where are all this workers???? There is NO ONE ANSWER ANY PHONES!!!!

Michael White
Tue, 06/09/2020 - 8:33pm

Someone applied fraudulently in my name with my SSN. All these data breaches have consequences, from federal government, to Home Depot, to Target, to Equifax. We need the federal government to secure our SSN, with beefed up protections. Unemployment should go to an address or a bank account, NOT debit cards. We need to arrest the people committing the fraud. I cannot believe the posters here who usually defend conservatives are complaining they aren't getting unemployment benefits fast enough when they refuse to fund the agencies in charge of doling out the money legitimately. Right now the agency in understaffed. Why just give out money, train more employees to help run the overburdened agency. Beef up investigations and prosecutions of those committing fraud. If it's an African country or Russia behind this, then severe sanctions are in order, if not an outright declaration of war.


Shannon O
Wed, 06/10/2020 - 5:28pm

I know, what happened to all the talk about "law and order"? The same people are saying they don't care if people, perhaps even outside our country, are stealing from our treasury!!! Most of these posts are just screaming, "Where is my government cheese? I don't care if we are being attacked by foreign criminal actors."

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 3:54am

My account was frozen last week, possibly the week before. I got the letter in the mail to verify my id and faxed it in last saturday. I called Monday repeatedly amd eventually got through and they immediately unfroze my account and the benefits hit my bank again the following night for the june 1st certifications.

Just keep calling. It's the only way to get your benefits back. If you're not proactive, you're screwed. Dont wait on anyone to just give you anything, go get it any way you can....and in this instance, calling and hopefully getting through on the line after you've sent in the information is the only way.

Praying for everyone.

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 3:33pm

I am so happy for you.......and that gives me hope ......thanks for sharing that

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 5:09am

After two months of certifying for my benefits I finally received payment for the two most recent weeks submissions. So that is some good news but I still have the "Stop Payment Indicator" status for 10 of the previous weeks that I have submitted and certified for. This is a significant amount of money that they are still withholding. While there are thousands of us who are still hoping that these benefits will be made available, this little band-aid will not even get my head above water. It seems like the state is still not doing enough to get us even close to an even keel. With no word about my previous ten weeks of benefits the outlook is still quite dismal. Michigan demands so much from us when it is time for us to pay auto insurance, vehicle registration, taxes and other various fees. They don't hesitate to warn us of late fees and cancellations but when we reach out to receive funds allocated to us BECAUSE of the ACTIONS OF LOCAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS due to the contrived effects of a "global pandemic" we are left to suffer and wither without ANY COMMUNICATION FROM THEM.

Nice work Michigan!

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 8:36pm

Same thing has happened to me , any luck with getting your previous 10 payments?

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 5:18am

It sure is a good thing that Gretchen is opening the salons. With all of the unemployment $$$ they are withholding. What a joke!

jan d
Wed, 06/10/2020 - 9:17am

I wonder if any of the State of Michigan employees who are furloughed on Fridays and eligible for teh $600/week have had their payments delayed/stopped?

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 12:53pm

I don't know if you guys realize it, but the state of Michigan has just lost 300 million dollars weekly in its economy. There's a lot of spending that's about flash stop. That will be the economic impact of freezing unemployment benefits to 340,000 residence in Michigan. That's the way an economist would look at it. Regardless of the reasons you just cut your own throat. And an economist would tell "the get a job people"... the only way that logicworks is for you to provide 340,000 jobs, Now! that have the absolute economic purchasing power that the federally funded unemployment stream gave. The Michigan employment free market system cannot replace that economic cliff fall deficit. The point is moot on the reasons why it was done. Come next week three hundred million will not be at Michigan's economic doorstep, and the week after that, and the week after that, and the week after that... An economist would tell you I see a storm brewing fast and it's winds are headed this way and they're galeforce winds.

Edmund Fitzgerald winds

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 1:00am

What a bunch of bullcrap. There might have been a few fraudulent claims but now they are using that as a smokescreen to deny people who deserve payments. It's disgusting that they are lying to us like this. We're not stupid.
And if it IS as rampant as they say then whose fault is that??? If they were so easily hacked then that makes me super nervous that I was asked to upload every form of ID necessary to steal my identity.

Teresa Sullivan
Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:12pm

I have been fighting for my unemployment benefits 4/3 months now I've had no word whether I've been approved tonight it just has a whole bunch of certifications but nothing submitted getting so frustrated. Couldn't even pay my rent last month. I'm not trying to fraud unemployment I sure wish I could get my payments2

Teresa Sullivan
Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:14pm

I'm so tired of all the crap I've gone through to get my unemployment started and still nothing. I have paid into this system my entire life I'm almost 60 years old and can't even pay my rent. Sure wish they could figure out what the hell was going wrong. Get the honest people who need their money to them

Connie Johnson
Thu, 06/11/2020 - 7:00pm

What a crock of crap. It doesn't take that long to verify someone's identity. People are sending you the information you've asked for via numerous ways, simultaneously and you are still not responding. UIA you are playing "Russian Roulette " with the livelihood of citizens. This is so disheartening and unfair. Especially when one has not committed fraud; just trying to live.

Holding my breath
Fri, 06/12/2020 - 6:54pm

This whole thing is making me feel crazy I swear! So I'm just supposed to wait around for uia to let me know when I can get the claims they OWE me? I get sick from having a mild form of covid which in turn left me out of work, not to mention in the mean time I am left with scarring on my already weakened lungs from asthma, this sucks completely to the max. What about those of us who have physically been affected by covid? What are we supposed to do when we are unable to return to work until we are completely better? Isnt that what the pua is for after all? Guess I'll just keep holding my breath (well in between puffs of my inhaler)

Frank Licari
Sun, 06/14/2020 - 12:34am

The real fraud is not paying people on time. If was the other way around we'd have wages garnished, property taken and thrown in jail/prison.

Leon L. Hulett
Mon, 06/15/2020 - 11:16am

Traverse City is back to work.

The local UIA office is not back to work.

Here is a suggestion, based on the other comments I have read:
Open the local UIA.
Have at least one person that can personally see people, accept three forms of ID including visual ID, accept the needed copies, verify the copies match, accept the claims form presented, and provide their personal authorization of the submission and the claims. It may still need state approval, but a person can walk away with one giant step completed. My estimate is this could be done in 2 minutes flat.

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 9:43am

So, i live in the SW Detroit, this is the hood gossip going around.. I dont think its as much identity theft as much as its; every one and their momma signed up for unemployment, i mean people who haven't work in years are getting 4000$. Guess what, they got their Uia before the people that actually worked.. Which pissed me off. The system did not have anyway of discovering who was legit. Wait till they catch up on the income taxes.. That alone is billions. I know thats been going on for atleast 15 years. People claiming they are working to get income tax. Its disgusting.. These companies need to hire me. Ill tell them all the ins and out.. Its really just common sense.

Jesse Jerome. Travis
Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:22pm

Why Why Why I did everything I was supposed to do .I okay to have taxes taken out.And it's strange I seen on my account taxes were taken out.Dept. of Social Services even cut my bridge card and I haven't receive no payments that's wrong

Kelli Siereveld
Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:21pm

June 22, 2020 No unemployment or PUA. My co-workers have been having all kinds of problems. I just want this mess to end. Kelli Siereveld

Kelli Siereveld
Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:25pm

I have filled out the information online and have been certifying with Marvin online since April 5th. They have sent me another application for PUA again. How many times am I going to have to prove my identity and give my private information out. Unbelievable! Still no money.

Sue Donnelly
Sat, 06/27/2020 - 9:19am

My sister is a victim of this. Although she immediately sent in her ID verification she has not received unemployment benefits for 5 weeks. She has not been asked to return to work either. Do you have more recent information on this topic? I'm sure many people are struggling needlessly because of this.