Former WA employee charged with stealing unemployment funds

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say a former employee with the state Employment Security Department was arrestedand charged with defrauding the government of at least $360,000 in jobless benefits. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle said Friday thatReyes De La Cruz, III, 47, of Moses Lake is “alleged to have personally enriched himself by at least $130,000 ” and to have helped others fraudulently obtain tens of thousands of dollars in benefits.   The Seattle Times reports that De La Cruz was arrested in Moses Lake on Friday. It wasn’t immediatley clear if he had an attorney.