Since 2011, under Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, the state has spent tens of millions of dollars to slowly implement a computer software program that handles applications filed with the UIA. The effort to curb waste is consistent with a vision posed by Snyder of operating government with a business-minded attitude.
The program — called MiDAS — detects possible fraud by claimants.
The problem, says Blanchard, who represents several plaintiffs in a recently filed federal lawsuit that challenges the UIA’s alleged “robo-adjudication” system, is that apparent lack of human oversight. MiDAS seeks out discrepancies in claimants’ files, according to the lawsuit — and if it finds one, the individuals automatically receive a financial penalty. Then, they’re flagged for fraud.
“The system has resulted in countless unemployment insurance claimants being accused of fraud even though they did nothing wrong,” the suit says.
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