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Lord Discusses UIA Fraud with Traverse City Record Eagle

From the Traverse City Record Eagle - TRAVERSE CITY --- Software once used by Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency erroneously accused tens of thousands of people who filed for benefits of intentional misrepresentation, and one attorney fears there could be many more. The Michigan Integrated Data Automated System had a 93 percent error rate in 22,427 supposed fraud cases it auto-adjudicated between October 2013 and Aug. 4, 2015, and 20,965 of those were later overturned. That's according to UIA data reported to U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich. Levin has asked the state to review the remaining 30,000 fraud determinations made during the same time period, once in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder and again in December. In a statement he said the review needs to go beyond a small subset of the cases, and while a few thousand have been repaid after being incorrectly fined, only a full audit will determine if the problem has been solved.   Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Attorney Jennifer Lord said she represents claimants who are suing in state court after being financially harmed by MiDAS' "golden touch." There's a separate class-action suit over the same issue in federal court. The software, once left in charge of rooting out fraud cases, pinpointed people with discrepancies in their files and notified them they were suspected of fraud, Lord said. Those notifications went into online system portals with little or no other notice, and gave claimants 10 days to respond. Those who responded were given fact-finding questionnaires with vague questions and predetermined responses, Lord said. "For the question, 'Why did you apply for unemployment,' one of the preselected answers is, 'Because I needed the money,'" she said. "If they answered 'I needed the money,' it was an automatic final determination of fraud."       Read the entire story here.

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Channing Robinson-Holmes Joins Firm as Attorney

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UIA Fraud Class-Action Continues to Gain Steam

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PMP&R Host Flint Water Community Information Meeting

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NewsChannel 3 Discusses UIA Fraud with Lord

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan lawmakers are working to figure out how tens of thousands of people on unemployment across Michigan were wrongly accused of fraud. On Monday the House Oversight Committee announced it had created a work group...

Pitt Awarded Distinguished Service Award by State Bar

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The Bridge Looks at UIA Fraud and Cites Lord

From the Bridge - the Center for Michigan February 7, 2917 A few days after a federal judge issued a Jan. 11 order commanding the state to “suspend all collection activity” against thousands of Michigan workers tagged with unemployment fraud,...

Detroit News Covers Pitt Led Flint Suit Against EPA

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the “mishandling” of the city’s water crisis in a legal action seeking more than $722.4 million in damages. The...