Dog Approved for Unemployment Benefits of $1440 a Month

February 1, 2018 Updated: February 1, 2018

A dog in Michigan was approved for unemployment of more than $1,000 a month, a Saugatuck resident said.

Michael Haddock, an attorney in the town, said that he recently received a letter from the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.

The letter is addressed to Michael Ryder.

“I got a letter from the UIA on Saturday, my name is Michael, my dog is Ryder. I was surprised to see it, but I had a good laugh, actually,” he told WZZM.

Ryder posted on Facebook about the letter, receiving lots of comments and shares.

“So my dog Ryder gets approved for unemployment benefits of $360 a week. I call the state and get a voice mail they are busy, call back,” he wrote.

“Not sure what he is going to do with the money but should be interesting. I knew he was clever but he surprised me this time.”

The story comes days after the agency announced it was creating a special investigative unit to handle the recent uptick in fake unemployment claims.

The agency said in this case, the claim was flagged as suspicious after the letter was sent and no benefits would have been available.

“It’s important to note that no money was paid out,” Talent Investment Agency spokesman Chris DeWitt told the Detroit Free Press. The agency is a part of the Unemployment Agency.

“Criminals get a hold of people’s personal information like name, address and Social Security numbers and file a false claim. This is a crime. I saw the story and it was a case of incorrect information being sent to the UIA for a false claim. There have been data breaches that have happened over the last few years that has been obtained by criminals. Those criminals are using that information to file claims.”



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