Grandville man finally has unemployment hearing

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LANSING, Mich. -- Dan Wilder has been battling the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency since December. He finally had a hearing in front of a judge. The hearing took place Friday afternoon in Lansing.

The FOX 17 Problem Solvers interviewed Wilder over a month ago. He's been accused of fraud and fined $10,000 by the agency. Wilder said he's done nothing wrong. He applied for benefits in January 2014 and found another job 6 weeks later. Months after finding the new job and cutting off his benefits, he received a letter in the mail from the agency with the fine and accusation.

During Friday's hearing, Wilder's former employer testified by phone. The Grandville man's attorney said the former employer, Allied Eagle, created this mess and is lying to the agency to skirt paying the benefits.

"This is a situation where the system failed. The purpose of the Unemployment Insurance Agency is to help employees transition after losing their jobs," Tonya Fuller, Wilder's attorney, read in her closing argument.

A decision is pending but expected soon.

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