Glitches and fraud lead to delays in unemployment payments

Michigan's unemployment agency is struggling to get payments out to people out-of-work during the pandemic.

Thousands of people are still waiting on a promised $900 payment meant to help unemployed people during the first three weeks of August. The payments were ordered by President Trump after federal COVID payments expired in July.

Officials with the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) said fraud investigations and technological glitches were to blame for the delayed payments and for delays to regular payments from the state, according to WWMT.

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UIA spokesperson Jason Moon said around 70,000 people have been affected by a flaw that caused them not to be allowed to certify themselves for payments this week. He also said fraud investigations have increased due to the influx of federal unemployment money.

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