Attorney Michael Haddock says he received a letter from the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency addressed to a Michael Ryder.
The letter confirmed that Michael Ryder was eligible for unemployment benefits, to the tune of $360 a week. Now we still don’t know if there is a “Michael Ryder” out there, but Haddock does know of a “Ryder,” his dog! Yes, apparently his dog is eligible for almost $400 a week because he is unable to work! Haddock told ABC 13, “Not sure what he is going to do with the money, but it should be interesting. I knew he was clever, but he surprised me this time.”
Eventually, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency flagged the claim as suspicious and eventually denied Ryder his money, of course after a nice laugh. Tim Kolar, State Administrator of Investigations, for the UIA wrote in an email, “Unfortunately, Michael Ryder’s claim will not be allowed. I know first-hand it is rare for ‘man’s best friend’ to contribute financially to the household and that will continue in this instance.”