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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan said Friday that it halted payments to 340,000 unemployment benefit accounts — 20% of the state’s total — over concerns about fraudulent impostors, though many are legitimate claimants who need the money during the coronavirus pandemic.

People’s “economic lifeline is now tied up due to this criminal scheme,” said Jeff Donofrio, director of the state Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, which includes the Unemployment Insurance Agency. “Our priority continues to be identifying and paying legitimate claims the benefits they need and deserve.”