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How SAO will audit Washington’s Employment Security Department in light of major unemployment fraud

August 14, 2020

At the State Auditor’s Office, we’ve heard from members of the public, the Legislature and the media interested to know about the work we are conducting at the state Employment Security Department (ESD). The agency was targeted in a major unemployment benefits fraud scheme earlier this year. SAO is conducting a series of audits of ESD to address three main areas of concern in the unemployment insurance program.

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State Auditor’s Office uncovers $7 million misappropriation

December 16, 2019

Today, the Office of the Washington State Auditor released its report on a major fraud investigation involving the Pierce County Housing Authority. The State Auditor’s Office investigation found nearly $7 million in misappropriated public funds, which is the largest case of its kind on record for a Washington local government.

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Auditor’s Office issues fraud report regarding troubled King County drainage district, calls for public engagement in government accountability

May 22, 2019

Today the Office of the Washington State Auditor released a pair of reports regarding King County Drainage District 5: a fraud investigation and a new type of report identifying the district as “unauditable.”
The Office also published an online guide to more than 35 other small local governments that have failed to file any public financial information for years, rendering them unauditable.

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