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Grand Rapids man’s unemployment debt cleared after Problem Solver inquiry

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Grand Rapids, Mich. -- The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency fined Jeremy Humphrey $5,000. His situation is complex. However, the long and short of it is, he said he doesn't owe it.

The Grand Rapids man said he hasn't spoken with anyone from the agency since last fall.

Humphrey commented on Facebook on one of the many stories the FOX 17 Problem Solvers covered on the persistent unemployment issues. After reaching out to him, the Problem Solvers sent another list of people's basic contact information to the UIA -- name, address, and phone number. Last Monday, the UIA confirmed receiving it.

Friday, Humphrey said he got a phone call from a UIA representative, and he later checked his online unemployment account (MiWAM). He said the alleged overpayment, fines and interest has been zeroed out.

"You were the inquiry because I haven't talked to them. You ever try to get a hold of unemployment? You can't," he said.

He added, "You helped. You guys helped. There's no doubt about it. You can ask anyone in my family. I didn't know what to do. You came in. The next things I know, I don't owe them anything. So whatever you did I'm thankful for you man. That's all I know."

This is just one case. There are still hundreds of people in need of help. If you haven't done so already, you can also call the Sugar Law Center at 313-993-4505.

The law firm also encourages anyone who has already had an outcome (positive or negative) to reach out and tell of their experience.

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5 comments

  • Constance Waid

    This same thing happened to my brother. Unemployment said he’d been overpaid $4,500 in a prior layoff. During this latest layoff he didn’t receive any money from Unemployment although he was laid off for 6 months. He couldn’t have Christmas with his family (no income to purchase gifts or share a meal with kids and grandkids). He lived on credit cards, handouts, loans from family, etc. He is now in a great deal of debt and doesn’t know how he will go on…..

    • peanutlee33

      I too got a call from a man at the Saint Johns office, promising me that he had cleared my file of any outdated history, and confirmed that I had never claimed nor collected any benefits from a former employer, as I was already established with new employment prior to that separation! Regardless, somehow a $3300 over-payment suddenly showed up in my file….Absolutely NO documentation, information, or reasoning. Just the alleged amount owed. Scammers do this very same thing every day! Whatever ongoing game our state UIA has been playing with Consumers, it is downright bogus, and should be penalized and prosecuted to the fullest extent of Federal or State law.

  • Nikki Fullbright

    I have has the same thing happen to me. I called and emailed problem solvers yesterday and am waiting a call back. I called the state twice and as soon as I mentioned at there was never a notification of a hearing and that a judge had granted me the funds they hung up on me twice!!

  • kevin murray

    How can I be contacted toget help with this. I was fined over 30000$ I have a new baby and there is no way I’ll ever be able to pay this back while trying to support my family. Thanks for kicking us while we’re down Michigan!!!