Monday, September 20, 2021

Treated Like Criminals

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) is responsible for employment services, unemployment insurance benefits, analyzing labor market information, administering Paid Family and Medical Leave and it also helps investigate fraud related to unemployment benefits. Sometimes investigations can be cumbersome for the victims of unemployment...

Tri-City Scammers

Hundreds of public school employees had their identities stolen as part of a scheme to claim fraudulent unemployment benefits. (Whoever said imitation is the best form of flattery is definitely mistaken in this case.). The employees are part of an unemployment scam targeting members...

COVID Feature: No Relief After All

Being federally charged with wire and bank fraud is no small feat. Baoke Zhang of Issaquah, Wash., stands accused of creating fictional payroll expenses so he could seek loans through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Government Investigators say Zhang tried to...

Fraud Bites

Dental hygienists have several occupational risks they must consider when going to work each day. There’s the possibility of contracting infections, exposure to radiation and anesthetic gases and even repetitive motion injuries. (Not to mention being bitten by unhappy patients.) A Lynwood, Washington woman...

Whack a Fraudster

Have you ever stood up fast and whacked your head on something? (It hurts.) A roofing company service technician who hit his head on a support joist at a construction site, injured his neck and subsequently collected more than $12,000 from the Washington State...

Full of Surprises

Life can be full of surprises. A former corrections officer, who was deemed a contributing member of society, made a bad decision and surprised the judge who delivered his sentence for carrying out six figures worth of worker's compensation fraud. The 44-year-old man qualified for...

Camping Out at Home

The appeal of the Recreational Vehicle (RV) lifestyle is growing. (It's a great way to travel and vacation economically, while also taking along your family, friends and the kitchen sink.)A Tacoma-area man found his job as an RV salesman appealing as well because he...

Robbed by Fraud

Working as a nanny can be rewarding as well as very tiring. As a surrogate parent, nannies usually have to perform physical duties such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, picking up toys and kids, and driving them and their sports equipment around to a long...

Childish Ways

The state of Washington promotes employment by providing child care subsidies to eligible low-income working families through the Working Connections Child Care program. The program uses government funds to provide approximately $300 million in subsidies annually. An in-home daycare provider reverted to childish ways...

The Death of Fraud

County Coroners usually investigate human deaths, whenever victims die unexpectedly or suspicious circumstances are involved. Their job is to provide confirmation and certification that a person is deceased. Corners can be appointed or elected officials and they come from all walks of life. (They...
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