Washington State Auditor indicted amid allegations of falsifying tax returns, possessing stolen property

A U.S. Grand Jury in Seattle has returned a ten count indictment against TROY X. KELLEY, 50, of Tacoma for his scheme to keep stolen money and hide it from both the IRS and those due a refund

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Hoquiam credit union receives coveted Northwest award

Left to Right: Photo (L-R) Denise Gabel, COO, Northwest Credit Union Association Richard Hein, CEO, OSU Federal Credit Union (2013 winner)   Ynette Gibbs, CEO, Newrizons Federal Credit Union Troy Stang, CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association
Left to Right:
Photo (L-R)
Denise Gabel, COO, Northwest Credit Union Association
Richard Hein, CEO, OSU Federal Credit Union (2013 winner)
Ynette Gibbs, CEO, Newrizons Federal Credit Union
Troy Stang, CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association

Newrizons Federal Credit Union located in Hoquiam for nearly 50 years was recently awarded the highly competitive 2014 Credit Union Innovation and Impact award by the Northwest Credit Union

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New phone scam asks patriotic mark to help stranded soldiers

Phone scams again targeting Grays Harbor residents, the Aberdeen Police Department tells us they’ve received reports on scams ranging from a man claiming to be from the IRS, or some

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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

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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 volunteers of organizations within the Seattle Archdiocese are apparent victims of a tax refund scheme. The second report involved the GH PUD fraud where a person calls and states they are from the PUD.  The suspect tells the victim that their current bill is overdue and they must make a payment now or risk having the service disconnected immediately. The suspect told the victim that they could not pay with cash or a credit card as that would take 24 hours to process.  The victim was told to purchase Greendot Moneypaks.  The victim was told to provide the numbers on the card by the suspect. The Aberdeen Police Department advises to never provide anyone with unsolicited requests for confidential information.  If a person is ever in doubt they may call their local police department or check for current fraud and identity schemes at the Federal Trade Commission website which is, http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

Grays Harbor residents among 90,000 victims of identity theft at Archdiocese of Seattle

Some employees and volunteers at St. Mary School in Aberdeen are affected by a data breach at the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. Sources tell us some are finding that their taxes were already

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Grays Harbor Volunteer Search and Rescue now a 501c3 non-profit

GHVSARAlmost two years after their formation, the Grays Harbor Volunteer Search and Rescue is now officially a non-profit 501c3 recognized by the IRS. Current president, Sara Owen tells us “We were so excited to get that determination letter from the IRS. It means we’ll be able to fundraise, and ask companies for donations for gear and equipment and so many things that we really need.” The all-volunteer group consists of about 75 first responders, police, and community members throughout the county. A 9-member crew from the group rescued a woman with a leg injury that had hiked 9 miles into the Olympic National Park over the Memorial day weekend. She had to be transported about seven miles on a one-wheeled stretcher.Owen recounted “I can’t even describe the level of difficulty that it took for those people to bring her out in a stokes basket. These people are incredibly dedicated individuals who train really hard and really take it seriously. I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with this group.” The GHVSAR team will elect new leadership at their regular meeting tonight. Owen said they are always looking for new volunteers from first responders to loud-mouthed radio personalities, for details visit www.ghvsar.org

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.

PUYALLUP MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR $2.4 MILLION EMBEZZLEMENT FROM LUMBER MILL

            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.