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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Unemployment Agency Under Investigation

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Unemployment Agency Under Investigation

July 14, 2021

Lansing, Mich., July 14, 2021 – Less than a week after the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency revealed an error that could force hundreds of thousands of Michiganders to repay their unemployment benefits, the Michigan House Oversight Committee announced their intention to investigate the agency. The Detroit News reports:

“House Oversight Chairman Steve Johnson announced Wednesday that he would launch an in-depth investigation into the Unemployment Insurance Agency, after more than a year of delays, fraudulent claims and requests that claimants return money mistakenly paid to them.”

House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson cited numerous stories of incompetence at the Michigan UIA as reason for the investigation. It was revealed last week that an active employee of the agency was fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits, and a week prior to that, an unemployment agency employee pleaded guilty to a multi-million dollar fraud scheme.

“Governor Whitmer and her administration have repeatedly tried to avoid accountability for their negligence in the state’s unemployment agency, but today’s investigation announcement proves that this dereliction of duty will not stand,” said Eric Ventimiglia, executive director for Michigan Rising Action. Ventimiglia continued, “We applaud Representative Steve Johnson for his commitment to uncovering the truth behind the disarray at the states unemployment office, which has left thousands of Michiganders helpless as they’ve struggled to navigate Whitmer’s crippling COVID shutdowns and restrictions.”

Whitmer’s administration is also under investigation by the State Auditor General, over the under-reporting of COVID deaths in nursing homes.

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