Levin Statement on Court Decision on UI

Jul 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09) today issued the following statement in response to the State Court of Appeals’ ruling to uphold the statute of limitations for those wrongly accused of fraud in the unemployment insurance system between October 2013 and August 4, 2015.

“This very disappointing decision by a three-judge panel denies justice to thousands of Michiganders who were wrongly accused of fraud and often subjected to enormous fines, garnished wages and seized tax returns.

“I understand that the plaintiffs intend to appeal this decision to the Michigan Supreme Court. While I hope the Supreme Court will come to a different conclusion, I strongly believe that Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette owe the thousands of people whose lives were upended by the State’s false accusations of fraud an explanation as to why they chose to contest their ability to seek damages for the very real harm done to them. Better yet, the Governor and the Attorney General could still do the right thing and pursue a fair settlement for those so harmed by the State’s policies. By the State’s own admission, the computer system in charge of finding fraud had an enormous error rate, and the Governor and Attorney General must make whole those who were hurt.”

Rep. Levin called on the State to investigate the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (MiDAS) system in a letter to the Governor on April 25th, 2016.  The review was required by the U.S. Department of Labor and initiated after a February 2016 Michigan Auditor General report found that computer-determined fraud was affirmed in only 8 percent of cases that were appealed.