From the Detroit Free Press
LANSING — Records obtained by the Free Press point to a major glitch in importing data into a $47-million computer system the Unemployment Insurance Agency used to detect claimant fraud, meaning the system often accused people without having access to all the information it needed to make a fraud determination.
The records, obtained under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), help explain how the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (MiDAS), which went online in 2013, could have a 93% error rate during the close to two years it operated without active human oversight.
The records also show that agency officials should have known about the data problem more than one year before August 2015, when they stopped using the system without human intervention.
Jennifer Lord, a Royal Oak attorney who is appealing the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissal of her class action filed on behalf of claimants falsely accused of fraud, said “the drumbeat was loud in April of 2014,” and “what should have happened is they should have turned off the spigot on MiDAS then,” instead of falsely accusing thousands of more people of fraud over the next year and several months.