- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Five former executive board members of the King County Corrections Guild have been accused of stealing $150,000 from the organization.

The five former board members have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by Tukwila police, The Seattle Times reported (https://bit.ly/2auqdo3 ).

Mike Murphy, a spokesman for Tukwila police, said the investigation is “still in its infancy” and that investigators have yet to receive financial documents.

King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention Director William Hayes says he placed the five - a captain, a sergeant and three corrections officers - on leave for allegedly violating the department’s code of conduct.

A board member was investigated after a theft complaint in January, Murphy said. The board member who made that complaint later withdrew the allegation. It appears the individuals involved in the January complaint are the same employees now on leave.

The men have been accused of spending guild funds on things like vacations, car repairs and casino visits.

“We have reported this to the Tukwila police and an investigation is underway,” current guild President Darin Mease said. “As this is an ongoing investigation, we have no further comment.”


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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