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Lord Cited in Detroit News/ WZZM TV Stories Regarding UIA Shakeup

From Detroit News Lansing --- The director of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has been reassigned after a shocking review revealed that an automated computer system made more than 20,000 fraud claims against out-of-work residents that were later overturned on review. Sharon Moffett-Massey has been reassigned to serve on special projects, Talent Investment Agency Director Wanda M. Stokes said Thursday as she unveiled a three-point plan to address unemployment agency "challenges." Bruce Noll, TIA's legislative liaison, will serve as acting assistant director and oversee the unemployment agency during a national replacement search. The shakeup comes as Gov. Rick Snyder considers whether to sign a bill that would free the state to spend $10 million from an unemployment security fund. Critics argue the fund should not be touched because it includes penalty collections from people wrongly accused of fraud. Jennifer Lord of Pitt McGehee Palmer @ Rivers, the lead attorney in a class-action lawsuit against the state, said some claimants were erroneously slapped with compounding penalty and interest bills as high as $100,000. "Almost everybody had the same story," Lord said. "They didn't hear from the state at all. They didn't know they were being accused of fraud. They didn't have an opportunity to defend themselves, and then they would either get a bill for some outrageous amount ... or they'd get a garnishment notice from their employer or get their tax refund seized." You can read the entire Detroit News Story here Jennifer Lord was also cited in WZZM TV Coverage in Kalamazoo

Free Press Looks at UIA Data Glitch and Cites Lord

From the Detroit Free Press LANSING — Records obtained by the Free Press point to a major glitch in importing data into a $47-million computer system the Unemployment Insurance Agency used to detect claimant fraud, meaning the system often...

WSWS Covers UIA Decision and Shares Lord Reaction

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Free Press, News Bloomberg Cover UIA Fraud Decision

From the Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is asking district court judges to dismiss 186 bench warrants issued against residents who were accused of unemployment fraud and failed to appear in court to face...