Horn: Recovering $1.5 billion in fraudulent claims needs to be top priority

LANSING, Mich. — After an audit revealed that the state lost $1.5 billion in fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) claims, state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement:

“The governor has agreed with the Legislature that we need to find millions of dollars to assist struggling families after nearly half a million paychecks came to a screeching halt right before Christmas. It is the intent of my subcommittee to recover the $1.5 billion so we can deliver these dollars to the people who need it the most.

“As chair of the Labor and Economic Opportunity Appropriations Subcommittee, I’m asking the UIA, attorney general, Michigan Department of Treasury, Michigan State Police, U.S. attorneys, the FBI and anyone else we need to work with to join me in recovering the stolen money.

“We want to sort out innocent mistakes from criminal activity. People deserve for us to give our full attention to this $1.5 billion fraud. It is my intent to get every dime back or see people sitting behind bars.”