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    Tag: Stealing From The Taxpayers

    Thursdays Divertere: I think Welfare people should be able to smoke weed

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Thu May 23, 2013 at 07:58:38 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Drug Testing, HB 4610, Welfare, Pinnacle foods, Employment Insurance, UIA, Fraud, Cronyism, Blow, Progressive Punishment, MEDC, Bribery, Strategic Fund, Lobbyists, PAYDAY, Picking Winners, Stealing From The Taxpayers, Or politicians legally buying votes (all tags)

    As Mitt says, "Corporations are people, my friend."

    Comments >>

    Out One Pocket - In The Other

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed May 22, 2013 at 08:01:12 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Pinnacle foods, Employment Insurance, UIA, Fraud, Cronyism, MEDC, PAYDAY, Picking Winners, Stealing From The Taxpayers (all tags)

    Have I ever mentioned I really dislike corporate cronyism?

    Its irritating to the core. So, after hearing that sixty two former employees of Pinnacle Foods (in Imlay Township) have been convicted and sentenced for unemployment fraud, I immediately wondered what might foster such an environment of this kind of cheating.  It was discovered that the former employees had been wrongfully collecting unemployment benefits while continuing to work. And in the end, all of the individuals convicted, were ordered to pay restitution totaling $960,012 to the State of Michigan.

    Shaun Thomas, acting director of the UIA said

    "Through great work of the Lapeer County Prosecutor's office, working together with our UIA investigators, we were able to bring these cases to justice and take another step toward rooting out UI fraud in Michigan. The UIA is serious about detecting and preventing fraud and will continue to work with partners such as the Lapeer County Prosecutor's Office to stop fraudulent schemes such as this one."
    It was a big deal.  Shaun?  Put your skills to work for Michigan taxpayers on some other stuff too OK? Consider A123 which was paying bonuses right up until it was sold to the Chinese for a convenient technology transfer.

    Those big dollars never came back did they?


    This Pinnacle UI fraud effort represents the largest single prosecution of unemployment fraud from one employer in Michigan history. But not the largest fraud that involves a company that has received money from bread winners and other business owners struggling to survive in an era of unprecedented regulatory nightmares and work place rules.

    But wait .. there is more!

    Continued below.

    (1 comment, 565 words in story) Full Story

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