Unemployment advocate sounds off, blames new automated system for UIA problems

Posted at 6:57 PM, May 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-13 08:53:44-04

WEST MICHIGAN -- Deborah Fragel, an unemployment advocate, reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers after seeing our news stories on people being fined and accused of fraud.

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has taken these actions against many Michigan citizens. The UIA alleges that people are providing false information on their application for benefits.

Fragel contracts with the state to help people who face these accusations. She's one of just a handful of advocates in West Michigan.

"There have been stories of people trying to take their own lives because of these [fines] in the Detroit area," Fragel said.

"It just broke my heart because there is help," she added.

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