State seeks help to reach those due unemployment insurance fraud refunds

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, together with Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), last Thursday requested the public’s help in reaching roughly 500 Michigan residents who are still owed refunds related to unemployment insurance fraud determinations made between 2013 and 2015.

Since the comprehensive review in 2018, more than $20.8 million has been refunded to nearly 40,000 residents who had their fraud determinations reversed. However, state records show about 500 residents have yet to claim their refunds.

“We are making sure we explore every avenue to return funds to each person owed monies resulting from unemployment insurance fraud determinations between 2013 and 2015,” Whitmer said last Thursday in an appeal to Michiganders. “And that means reaching out to our fellow Michiganders to help us in this statewide search for those who have not yet claimed their refund.”

“We want to make certain that any state residents who were entitled to receive reimbursements are able to access those funds,” Nessel said. “That is why we are coming together to ­ask the public to assist us in that process.”

“We would like to reach these approximately 500 individuals and hope that anyone who believes they are due a refund contacts us as soon as possible,” Michelle Beebe, Unemployment Insurance Agency senior deputy director said.

The UIA has established an Unemployment Insurance Refunds website for those who believe they are entitled to a refund. Claimants may also log into MiWAM (Michigan Web Account Manager) to inquire whether they have a refund pending and to update their contact information and get the refund process started.