The two technology workers from the Department of Job and Family Services who are being investigated by the FBI and Ohio inspector general's office for "suspicious activity" have been identified, but details of the case haven't been released.
The two technology workers from the Department of Job and Family Services who are being investigated by the FBI and Ohio inspector general’s office for “suspicious activity” have been identified, but details of the case haven’t been released.
Jatinder Singh, a manager in the department’s IT office, was fired by high-level executives within the department on Thursday. He was escorted out of the department’s tech building south of Port Columbus, spokesman Ben Johnson previously told The Dispatch.
Singh, 39, led a team of five, including Dong Wang, a software-development specialist who was escorted out of the IT building with Singh and put on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
Wang, 49, designed IT solutions for Singh. He has worked at Job and Family Services since 2002, lives in Dublin and makes about $100,000 a year. Singh makes $95,000, has worked for the department since 2003 and also lives in Dublin, Johnson said.
The FBI and Ohio inspector general-led investigation linked Singh and Wang to a tip of suspicious activity made by an employee in late 2011. That’s when an internal investigator forwarded the employee’s tip to the inspector general’s office, which investigates allegations of wrongdoing by state agencies, officers and employees.
It’s uncertain whether the activity was isolated to the IT office or had spread to other departments. Johnson said the department is not internally inquiring about the original tip, but it is aiding the FBI and inspector general in “any way we can.”
The department did not respond by press time to a request made by The Dispatch for the complaint forwarded to the inspector general’s office in 2011.
Joshua Jamerson is a fellow in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau.