“A woman who until recently was the No. 2 official in an Illinois government unit that regulates the securities industry lied about her academic background, used multiple names on government records and listed a home address that turned out to be a UPS storefront, according to an internal state investigation.”

“The woman also billed the state for work as a home-health aide for hundreds of days when she was supposed to be working as the $75,000-a-year deputy director of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Department of Securities, the investigation finds.”

The little known Securities Department of the Illinois Secretary of State has an important role. — nailing the constant stream of small fraudsters ripping off widows and orphans on petty investment schemes — things too small to report but important in the aggregate. That’s a core government function that good people should be doing aggressively.