• The Archdiocese of Seattle is one of 170 dioceses (geographic areas of responsibility) of the Catholic Church in the United States.

The Archdiocese encompasses all of Western Washington, stretching from the Canadian to the Oregon border and from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

There are 173 parishes, missions and pastoral centers in the Archdiocese, serving 579,500 registered Catholics.

    Seattle Archdiocese data breach hits home, and highlights need to address identity theft

    Identity theft is a growing problem nationwide, and Washington is no exception. In early March 2014 the Seattle Archdiocese learned that volunteers and employees at parishes and schools across Washington state became victims of a tax-identity fraud scheme. Through a data breach, fraudsters obtained victims’ personal information, including their names and Social Security numbers and […]

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                BRETT M. SMITH, 24, of Puyallup, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and $2,476,913 in restitution for Mail Fraud.  SMITH was the leader of a scheme to embezzle $2.4 million from Manke Lumber Company.  SMITH was a log scaler for Manke, who was fired in July 2006, following an internal investigation of the fraud.  SMITH and seven other people, including SMITH's brother, Bryan M. Smith, were indicted in June 2008, for Mail Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.  BRETT SMITH pleaded guilty January 9, 2009.  Calling the crime "deplorable and despicable," U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said, "this crime has caused me more sadness, to see a generation of kids who were willing to participate in this… Has caused me more fear for our future…. If we don't make an example here and now, as a society we are doomed.

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    Aberdeen Police warn of scam targeting Grays Harbor residents

    The Aberdeen Police Department has received two fraud complaints that are also occurring throughout the county, state and country. The first complaint involved a fraudulent letter from the IRS requesting confidential information including copies of the victims tax return and  social security number. It appears that this incident is part of the Seattle Archdioceses fraud where past employees and […]

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  • IRS Seeks to Return More Than $2.9 Million in Undeliverable Refunds

    The Internal Revenue Service is looking for Washington State taxpayers who are missing 2,652 refund checks totaling more than $2.9 million that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors. The average refund is $1,099.

    All a taxpayer has to do is update his or her address once. The IRS will then send out all checks due.
    The vast majority of checks mailed out by the IRS reach their rightful owner every year. Only a very small percent are returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.
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