Investigation shows Sec of State employee lied about identity

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An internal investigation in the Illinois Secretary of State’s office shows a female employee in a high-ranking position lied about who she is.

As first reported by Crain’s Chicago Business, Secretary of State Jesse White’s office says it’s the victim of a woman who falsified her credentials.  She allegedly used as many as nine different names and gave a home address that turned out to be a North Side UPS office.

When all that was revealed by an internal investigation, 36-year-old Marlene Liss quickly left her $75,000 dollar a year state job.

Liss was hired after meeting Secretary of State White, but his office says their friendship had nothing to do with her getting hired.

Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office said, “The fact is we do have a system here that Secretary White put in place to protect people from abusing the system or any wrongdoing. He created a string independent inspector generals office and hired Jim Burns, the former US Attorney, to work in the capacity. In this case they found that the resume was fraught with errors, making claims that weren’t correct.”

The results of their investigation have been turned over to the U.S Attorney’s office, which is looking into whether Liss may have also been defrauding other government agencies.


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