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Yakima County Clerk's Office investigated for fraud

Yakima County Clerk's Office investigated for fraud

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Auditors say a fraud investigation is underway over the misuse of more than $13,000 in funds in Yakima County over the past year.

A report from the Washington State Auditor (WSA) said $13,029 in cash receipts were misappropriated between January 2017 and December 2017. The auditor's office said they also found questionable transactions of $2,290 that also occurred that year.

The County Clerk informed the WSA office of the potential loss of public funds on December 4 of 2017.

Upon investigation, $3,599 of the funds lost were attributed to the County's Financial Supervisor.

Yakima County operates on an annual budget of about $289 million, according to investigators. The Clerk’s Office collects roughly $1.2 million in revenue for fines, fees and restitution payments.

Yakima County offers the following response to the Fraud Audit related to the County Clerk’s Office.

The Board of Yakima County Commissioners is disappointed with the Clerk’s progress concerning issues that are the sole responsibility of the elected Clerk. We agree with the Auditors opinion that internal controls within the Clerk’s office continue to be inadequate and has allowed misappropriations to occur. Despite the County’s collective efforts to support her office, the Clerk has failed to resolve your findings. The Board of Yakima County Commissioners will diligently pursue the State Auditor’s recommendations.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office is investigating. The WSA is also referring this case to the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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