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Target 8: Fraudulent UIA claims filed in teachers' names

4 days ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A West Michigan teacher received a letter from the state threatening to garnish her wages unless she repays unemployment dollars she should not have received.
The problem is she didn't receive them.
Alison Bydanek, a second grade teacher in Jenison Public Schools, learned last May that someone had applied for benefits in her name.
By the time she was notified, the state had already paid the identity thieves who stole Bydanek's name more than $7,000 in unemployment benefits.
The long-time teacher, who has never filed for unemployment, immediately contacted the state to...
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2021 economic forecast: When will West Michigan rebound?

2021 economic forecast: When will West Michigan rebound?

4 days ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Most of West Michigan's economy could rebuild to pre-pandemic levels by the time we celebrate 2022, but it will likely take longer for restaurants, bars, arts and entertainment venues, an economist says.
Professor Paul Isely, Ph.D., of Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business, released his economic predictions Thursday. He said before any rebound can take place, we need to “rid fear of the virus,” which he says we may have a shot at by summer.
While 2020 was full of surprises, a good one came from the federal government.
“They really gave a ton of...
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