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By Mark Harmsworth
Washington Policy Center 

ESD still hasn't fixed their fraud problems


Last updated 12/16/2021 at 9:30am

After multiple fraud issues, including internal staff stealing taxpayer dollars, the Employment Security Department (ESD) is again coming under criticism from the State Auditors office for not having sufficient fraud protection measures and controls in place.

A new report, published December 6, 2021, by the State Auditor indicates that ESD’s “internal controls were inadequate to detect and prevent occupational misappropriation and safeguard public resources. We found the Department did not properly monitor and review claims to ensure benefit payments were legitimate and to avoid a loss...

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