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VIOLATION!!! THE CHARGES CARRY THE POTENTIAL SENTENCES OF DECADES IN PRISON. – Former Washington state employee charged with stealing unemployment funds, plus bribery and extortion.

  • Alert date September 26, 2021

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    He is charged with six counts of wire fraud, nine counts of bribery, one count of extortion by a public official and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

    ESD also declined to share details about how or when the agency detected the alleged fraud.

    “Even as ESD faced the challenges of processing the high volume of legitimate claims, he chose to take advantage of his position to worsen the unprecedented fraud on unemployment benefits,” Gorman said in a statement.

    De La Cruz is the third suspect to be charged in Washington’s unemployment $650 million scam last year. But his case differs substantially from two earlier cases, which involved Nigerian citizens using stolen identities to file fraudulent unemployment claims, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Cindy Chang, who is leading the government’s prosecution.

    ESD said, in total, approximately 120,000 fraudulent claims were filed in Washington with more than $600 million in payouts. More than half of that money was recovered by investigators tracking fraud rings in the U.S. and abroad

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