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‘Hundreds of millions of dollars’ lost in
Washington to unemployment fraud
amid coronavirus joblessness surge

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Posted By: Ron_lfp, 5/22/2020 10:37:25 AM

Washington state officials have acknowledged the loss of “hundreds of millions of dollars” to an international fraud scheme (snip) Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the state Employment Security Department (ESD), disclosed (snip) believed to be orchestrated from Nigeria. But she conceded that the amount was “orders of magnitude above” the $1.6 million that the ESD reported losing (snip) ESD officials have acknowledged that, because of the elimination of the so-called waiting week between the time a claim is filed and the time the benefit is paid, the agency wasn’t always able to get verification from employers about a claim before payment was made.

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ESD didn't TRY to verify with employers for weeks. They fed this to the scammers.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man 5/22/2020 10:39:54 AM (No. 418743)
Inside job.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 5/22/2020 11:37:50 AM (No. 418782)
"Washington state officials have acknowledged the loss of “hundreds of millions of dollars” to an international fraud scheme" And these nitwits want the rest of us to bail them out.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: wilarrbie 5/22/2020 11:38:36 AM (No. 418784)
Eliminating the 'so-called waiting week' is NOT an excuse. It does NOT mean that they had to send checks out immediately - just that ONCE all the proper background info is confirmed, when they DO send out the check, it would start from day 1, not a one week deduction of pay. They still were supposed to do the background cross refs. This is BS on a level that is INTENTIONAL. That and the extra $600 per friggin WEEK - of course that would be so much higher than most earn - WHO is responsible for that? What - besides purposely tanking our economy - was their reasoning for this?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Leeannen 5/22/2020 11:49:30 AM (No. 418799)
this is a cya - several months ago both of my employees received letters that they had filed for unemployment - needless to say, both of my employees contacted ESD and told them that the claims were fraudulent - did they listen - no - they had already paid out the claims and insisted that my employees reimburse them - so this is nothing new - an old problem exposed and desperate cover up.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: john56 5/22/2020 11:51:22 AM (No. 418802)
Well, yeah. I have a customer in the state of Washington, runs a small hotel. When all this hit, they sent their staff home YET continued to pay them. Two of their employees quit because they could make $600 a week more on unemployment than their employer had been paying them. They told me of an 18-year old in their town who worked part time at a pizza restaurant. She was laid off and now gets $859 a week after taxes are taken out in unemployment. I just got paid today for 2 weeks work and that check wasn't much more than that. I asked my friend if she could spare a room and I'd head up there and take unemployment benefits.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: KatieJo 5/22/2020 12:51:50 PM (No. 418852)
You just can't make this stuff up. The employment SECURITY department (ESD) lost hundreds of millions of tax dollars. Was it really fraud? The government is not interested in helping people or solving problems. They cause the problems and then waste more money claiming to help us. Nobody in the private sector would survive one day if they did this, they'd go to prison.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 5/22/2020 12:53:12 PM (No. 418853)
Nigerians? Most of us had their number twenty years ago. I've been waiting almost that long for my $26.2 million USD. I guess I should have applied to Washington and received faster service.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: doctorfixit 5/22/2020 7:13:24 PM (No. 419169)
In Washington State, unemployment IS unemployment fraud. The whole state is on unemployment fraud.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: NorthernDog 5/22/2020 7:17:56 PM (No. 419176)
You work the job title 'Crown Prince of Nigeria' would raise some red flags on the unemployment application.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 5/23/2020 12:05:56 AM (No. 419325)
Which is worse: the Nigerians or the putzes who handed millions to mega corporations who didn't qualify? Now these incompetent people want us to give them trillions more so they can pay illegals and more friends.
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