State, Federal Agents Investigate 2 State Employees Accused Of Suspicious Activity


UPDATED: Monday March 25, 2013 6:26 PM

Two people who have been working for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services are now the focus of an investigation about “suspicious activity.”

State documents obtained by 10 Investigates reveal that ODJFS fired an IT manager and put a software developer on leave late last week.

ODJFS took that action last week because of an "ongoing" investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ohio Inspector General's office.  

According to an ODJFS spokesperson, the investigation began in late 2011 after another ODJFS employee became aware of suspicious activity.

“We immediately took our concerns to the Ohio Inspector General, and ODJFS has cooperated fully with both the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” said ODJFS Deputy Director Benjamin Johnson.

Johnson declined to discuss the nature of that activity.

10 Investigate asked whether the employees put sensitive information at risk, but Johnson would not comment because of the continuing investigation.

Johnson also declined to say whether any other state employees are under scrutiny.

“Last week, we revoked and terminated one employee and placed another on administrative leave. Because of the ongoing Inspector General and FBI investigations, I cannot comment further. We will continue to assist the Inspector General and FBI in any way possible,"

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