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.