Michigan man’s dog approved for $360 unemployment check

Michael Haddock, an attorney in Saugatuck, Mich., was surprised when he got a letter in the mail addressed to a Michael Ryder qualifying Ryder for unemployment benefits.

The problem? Ryder is his dog.

Haddock posted the picture on Facebook over the weekend after he got the notification, which said Michael Ryder qualified for $360 every week. Haddock said the employer listed on the letter was a restaurant chain in metro Detroit, according to WZZM-TV.

“I’m not sure what he’s going to do with the money,” Haddock joked.

It was no laughing matter to Talent Investment Agency spokesman Chris DeWitt. Talent Investment Agency is a part of Unemployment Insurance Agency, which is cracking down on false claims that come from a criminal element.

The UIA announced it’s creating a special investigative unit to handle the recent increase in false claims, according to WZZM.

The UIA said its computer system did send out the initial letter to Haddock’s address, according to WZZM. However, it was flagged as suspicious during the next step in the unemployment process. The…

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