Michigan reverses 70 percent of fraud cases, to refund $21M

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The state of Michigan says it has reversed 70 percent of unemployment benefit fraud cases and is refunding $20.8 million after people were wrongly accused of collecting excessive benefits.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency announced the results of a review Friday. It reviewed more than 62,000 cases for people who were assessed a fraud penalty and did not seek an appeal. About 44,000 cases were reversed.

Michigan has been under fire for a computer system that wrongly churned out cases of fraud. Last month, it dropped criminal charges against 186 people.

Over a two-year period, Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration mostly relied on the computer system to flag thousands of people. They were hit with penalties, wage garnishments and lost tax refunds – before the state admitted it was wrong.

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