Michigan Supreme Court hears key case on jobless fraud

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LANSING, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that will determine if people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program can sue the state.

An automated computer system run by Gov. Rick Snyder's administration was a disaster. Thousands of people were accused of cheating to get unemployment aid. They were forced to repay money, along with substantial penalties, before the state acknowledged errors.

The issue for the Supreme Court on Wednesday is a technical one: Did plaintiffs wait too long to sue ?

The Unemployment Insurance Agency is being represented by Attorney General Bill Schuette's office. Schuette, a Republican candidate for governor, says the computer system "failed Michigan." But he says he must defend the state regardless of whether a law is good.

The FOX 17 Problem Solvers and reporter Darren Cunningham has been reporting on the problems with the UIA for years. He'll be at the hearing and will have more from Lansing on later editions of FOX 17 News.

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3 comments

  • Wings #1

    The State can go after you but you can not go after the State for their screw up.
    Total bull, the court better let the people go after the State for FALSELY accusing them.

  • Tammy Jo Vodry-Nelson

    I would like it to talk to you regarding this unemployment crisis. I believe “definitely” a possible victim of this issue. On top of a entirley NEW angle regarding proof of fraud and discrimination in my case handled through this system. I believe that my story and circumstances after relevant systematic errors with the system.
    I was unable to bear adequate timely evidence via this system during my phone hearing that was RECORDED and proof that judge Mcbain ruled unfairly and that the system FAILED ME and denied me!
    Now, 31 MONTHS later, I remain unemployed due to the abundance of added stress and devastation it caused my father’s quality of life in his last remaining day’s under my hospice car at my home. Due to this ruling and system issuee at hand, we were evicted during his final days of life. Almost, causing him to be forced into a nursing home AGAINST his final wishes! On top of a family divided due to the stress, struggles it financially caused us, then becoming homeless days after his funeral!
    I was diagnosed with Alopecia areata weeks after. A autoimmune disease of hair loss due to extreme stress and depression causing my health to go into a “fight or flight ” mode triggering the disease and onset late July 2016.
    By 8/16 I had to shave my head bald due to the extreme hair loss and remain bald and without change.
    I would like to share my story further with your station, along with my plans in a movement and foundation to empower women as myself, diagnosed with alopecia areata to regain their lost identity, self esteem and independence in the workplace and society.
    Will you help me Fox 17 regain my shine, purpose and life stolen from #1 a company I represented as a “Empowering Women in the Workforce” through the Women’s Resource Center at the Amway Grand in 2014? That I believe your crew did a segment on at our corporate office in Walker, Michigan?
    And by the State of Michigan that misrepresented the entire meaning and purpose of?
    My reputation and career have been scared by this unfair act of discrimination, relationships lost, and a level of suffering beyond words! Please help me get justice for this, for my family that suffered, my father’s deprived quality and quanity his remaining days with us.
    I ask for prayer to feel and be the once, Empowered and Beautiful women of our Grand Rapids workforce, both inside and out.
    There is no cure for Alopecia areata as of today. Help me to be well again to improve research, awareness and development. Along, with sharing my movement in revealing myself to society once more but this time as:
    A Empowering “Bald and Proud women in the workplace!
    ~God Bless
    Tammy Jo
    (Supporting Empowered “Bald” Women of Alopecia
    back into the Workforce)
    once again.

  • Jan

    I am a victim with court proceedings and proof of. I appeared before judge in isabella county and case was dropped against me for FRAUD but when I contacted UIA for my back payments they said no. I have this all in writing from the judge. I was mentally exhausted and shamed so badly I could not withstand another fight. They took my taxes, they took my reputation and one job when they did background check it was saying I owed due to fraud. Again I was proven innocent because their lawyer defaulted on second showing. The third he showed. Back wages doesn’t begin to pay for my anguish and embarrassment.

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