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Arrest made in $650 million ESD unemployment fraud case

Esogie Osawaru

By Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff Washington has been at the forefront of massive fraudulent activity since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, an extensive network of cybercriminals claiming hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment through the names of tens of thousands in the state alone.  On May 14, Washington’s Employment Security Department […]

National Guard to assist ESD as tens of thousands still await unemployment payments

Suzi LeVine

National Guard to assist ESD as tens of thousands still await unemployment paymentsby Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff The National Guard has officially joined the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD), until further notice, to help the department work through an accumulation of unemployment claims. The ESD is backlog tens of thousands of claims following […]

WA ESD unemployment check fraud case expands to nearly $1 billion


Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Lacamas Magazine. It is published here with permission from and full attribution to Lacamas Magazine (www.LacamasMagazine.com) and Editor Ernie Geigenmiller. BREAKING NEWS — According to Senator Ann Rivers (18th Legislative District), whose office was briefed June 3 by the Employment Security Department (ESD), the unemployment check fraud […]

Washington State hit hard by unemployment fraud

by Luke Putvin | Lynnwood Times Staff On May 14, Employment Security Department (ESD) Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released a statement touching on the rise in unemployment imposter fraud attempts. “Since the start of May – and particularly in the past week – the Employment Security Department has seen a significant rise in reports of imposter […]

Larsen hosts town hall to discuss CARES Act

By Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff Congressman Rick Larsen hosted a telephone town hall on April 7 to discuss the benefits available to workers and small businesses experiencing coronavirus’s impacts. Commissioner of the Washington Employment Security Department Suzi LeVine and the Director of the Washington Small Business Development Center Duane Fladland also joined Larsen on […]

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