Venus Mills, executive director of Drug Free Business in Bothell, says her workers have been hit by false unemployment  claims. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Venus Mills, executive director of Drug Free Business in Bothell, says her workers have been hit by false unemployment claims. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

How a Nigerian fraud ring dubbed 'Scattered Canary' targeted Washington state's unemployment system

The monumental pilfering of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Washington unemployment benefits was abetted by a once-a-generation flood of jobless claims, but the security experts say the state also missed red flags that could have detected the fraud coming from a Nigerian crime ring dubbed "Scattered Canary."

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Washington seems to be avoiding the dramatic nationwide spike in deaths during coronavirus pandemic

Mark Inslee, left, appears with his cousin Jay Inslee at a banquet hosted by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation in December 2012, a month after Jay became the Governor-elect.

Gov. Inslee connected personal contacts with state officials in hunt for coronavirus supplies

Thursday, April 16, 2020.   Kelly Martin-Vegue, a nurse and social worker, left Navos’ Sunstone Youth Treatment Center in Burien after a disagreement over protective gear and training amid a Covid-19 outbreak. 213686

At Burien mental-health facility for teens, a rare coronavirus outbreak and a death

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