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LTC Stephen F.
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Thank you my friend MAJ Dale E. Wilson, Ph.D. for making us aware that departing head of Washington State’s Employment Security Department (ESD) Suzi LeVine, is Joe Biden’s pick to lead the federal office that helps states manage unemployment benefits.
'The problem is that LeVine appears to be incompetent, at least when it comes to this kind of work. According to the Seattle Times: LeVine’s move from Olympia to Washington, D.C., also comes amid continued criticism of the ESD’s response to pandemic-related job losses and fraud, renewed scrutiny of its slow response to public records requests by media outlets. . . .
News that LeVine was leaving the ESD ignited a storm of criticism last week over problems at the ESD during her 2-1/2 year tenure. Notable among those was a fraud scheme last spring that siphoned off $600 million in unemployment funds, as well as chronic delays in benefit payments to legitimate claimants during the pandemic.'

Biden's pick to run unemployment program oversaw $600M in losses to fraud scheme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wJD6O5sESw
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LTC Stephen F.
LTC Stephen F.
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Audit Hits WA State Unemployment Agency For Failures in $600 Million Fraud | Seattle RE Podcast
The state Employment Security Department (ESD) did not have adequate controls to prevent a slew of illegal unemployment insurance claims last spring that totaled about $600 million and grew into the largest fraud in state history.
The audit provided the first accounting of the circumstances surrounding schemes that targeted Washington state’s unemployment benefits as the coronavirus pandemic was growing.
Key findings include that the “known and suspected” loss resulting from fraud, as of June 30, was about $600 million. This sum covers more than 122,000 known or suspected fraudulent claims. But the state had recovered $250 million by that same time, resulting in an estimated net loss of $350.9 million.
ESD has continued to recover lost funds since the audit was taken and as of Friday has recovered at least $357 million, according to ESD Commissioner Suzi LeVine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCq5r8al2Nc
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SFC Melvin Brandenburg
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par for the course. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
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