LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Michigan’s Unemployment Agency hired ex-criminals to handle jobless claims.

An audit report released Friday by Michigan’s Auditor General found the agency gave jobs to 169 people who’d previously been convicted of misdemeanors or felonies.

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These convictions included identity theft.

UIA Director Julia Dale, a Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointee, did not dispute the audit findings.