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Levin: Michigan Violating Feds Order to Revisit Unemployment Penalties

A Michigan Congressman alleges the state’s unemployment system is violating a directive from the federal government.

Federal officials say Michigan must re-visit cases where unemployment recipients were accused of fraud.

In 2013 Michigan used an automated system to determine if people receiving unemployment insurance had committed fraud.

Between 2014 and 2015 alone, federal officials say, the system flagged nearly 30,000 recipients for fraud and penalized them a total of $57 million in fines, taxes and garnished wages.

But this year Michigan’s Auditor General found the computer was wrong in more than 90% of those cases that were appealed.

Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI) says the state now has a human in charge of the system.

But Levin says the state is not following a directive from the U.S. Labor Department to re-examine all of the roughly 60,000 total cases of alleged fraud and reimburse recipients for any penalties they were forced to pay.

Levin says if Michigan does not re-adjudicate those cases the Labor Department will be required to withhold more than $100 million in federal funding for the state because it would not be in compliance with the Social Security Act.  

Image credit: michigan.gov

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Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.

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