The State of Washington blames Levin for not fixing a software vulnerability that allowed Nigerian fraudsters to bilk the system for over $600 million.
The President has named the former head of the State of Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD) to a position overseeing unemployment claims even as she is dogged by a scandal that cost her state over $600,000,000.
Biden has named Suzi LeVine, the departing head of Washington State’s ESD, as the interim assistant secretary of the Employment & Training Administration. This is a division of the US Labor Department that assists states in processing unemployment claims.
The position puts LeVine in a lead spot in Biden’s economic recovery plan. The office’s annual budget is approximately $9 billion, or close to 75 percent of the Labor Department’s overall budget dollars.
The Employment & Training Administration will have a vital role in rejuvenating the troubled labor market after the government-mandated pandemic shutdowns caused the shedding of more than 10 million jobs.
A longtime fundraising bundler for national Democrats, former Microsoft executive Suzi LeVine is now in the "hot seat" — heading a Washington employment department battered by fraud and delayed payouts to workers. (via @Jim_Brunner & @pmalonedc)https://t.co/7I3lrAjcdC
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 2, 2020
But Biden’s choice of LeVine comes at the height of an unemployment fraud scandal in Washington State that saw her department scammed out of over $600 million.
A well-organized Nigerian fraud ring, using stolen identities from prior data breaches, executed more than 122,000 fraudulent unemployment claims to her state-level department siphoning off the cash. READ MORE @ NATIONAL FILE