(WSIL) — The Director of the State Board of Elections has been placed on administrative leave as a precautionary measure, after an extortion attempt.
On Monday, the eight members of the Board of Elections voted to place Executive Director Steve Sandvoss on leave after he reported being the victim of an online extortion attempt last week.
Sandvoss reported the attempt to the Illinois State Police which has begun an investigation.
The Board said based on Sandvoss’ description, the scheme appeared to be typical of many online scams. However, because this attempt targeted a top state official, the board decided to place him on leave during the investigation.
The board authorized Assistant Executive Director Bernadette Matthews to assume directorship at this time.
The board also authorized the agency’s Chief Information Security Officer, Jeremy Owens, to cooperate fully with the law enforcement investigation, as well as conduct an internal assessment of all SBE devices to which Director Sandvoss had access and ensure the security of the Board’s systems.
At this time, there is no reason to believe that any election data or information has been compromised.
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