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SEC seeks oversight of Everett-based developer accused of fraud

SEATTLE — Attorneys are arguing in U.S. District Court about who should control properties belonging to an Everett-based developer accused of securities fraud.While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is pursuing a civil complaint against Lobsang Dargey, the

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business

FBI investigating Everett developer accused of defrauding investors

SEATTLE — The FBI is working with federal civil authorities to investigate an Everett developer accused of defrauding foreign investors by diverting millions of dollars for his own use, court papers show.FBI agents on Aug. 24 served a search warrant at Lobsang Dargey's...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News

White-collar crime prosecutions down but not the crimes themselves

Just a few years after the financial crisis, a new report tells an important story: Federal prosecution of white-collar crime has hit a 20-year low.The analysis by Syracuse University shows a more than 36 percent decline in such prosecutions since the middle of the Clinton...

Date: 09/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

SEC: Bellevue developer bilked investors on Seattle, Everett projects

SEATTLE — The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint and sought a restraining order Monday against the head of an investment firm, saying he bilked more than 250 Chinese investors out of millions of dollars on two real estate projects — a skyscraper in downtown...

Date: 08/24/2015 | Northwest

Report: Ex-speaker Hastert quietly tried to boost income

WASHINGTON — Former House speaker Dennis Hastert looked for ways to increase his income around the time he is accused of paying someone to stay quiet about decades-old misconduct, according to a former business associate.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. can be soccer’s impartial referee

We're used to seeing soccer players fling themselves to the ground, writhe in feigned agony and complain bitterly about the injustice of it all. Now the international overlords of the game are beginning to do the same.Metaphorically, I mean. Targeted in a stunning corruption...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Not America’s place to fix the world of soccer

The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job? One must ask.The World Cup does attract a large U.S. audience every four years, but largely because it's played...

Date: 06/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Washington CEO pleads guilty to tax crimes

RICHLAND — A CEO accused of stealing from his Pasco biofuels company pleaded guilty to tax crimes.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Northwest

FDIC lawsuit turns to former Frontier Bank executives

EVERETT — The Great Recession brought down many community banks, including six local ones burdened with bad debt from loans to real estate developers.City Bank in Lynnwood and Frontier Bank in...

Date: 05/12/2015 | Business

Options might be limited for ousting auditor who doesn't want to go

OLYMPIA — With embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley preparing for an extended leave, a leading critic in the Legislature said Wednesday there may be no viable avenues to make Kelly resign instead.

Date: 04/30/2015 | Local News

9th Circuit denies Medina billionaire’s request for release

HELENA, Mont. — An appeals court on Monday denied a petition by the founder of a Montana resort for the ultra-rich to be released from jail while the court reviews a judge’s decision to hold him in contempt for failing to explain how he spent $13.8 million.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Northwest

Gov. Inslee repeats call for state auditor to resign

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday repeated his call for embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley to resign following his indictment by a federal grand jury.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News

In Olympia, talk of impeaching an indicted state auditor

TACOMA — Many of the state's elected leaders agreed Thursday: Troy Kelley must go. They included Democratic colleagues like the governor and the attorney general.But the state auditor said Thursday he will not quit the office as he...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

State auditor pleads not guilty after federal indictment

TACOMA — Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, the elected official charged with rooting out government fraud and waste, pleaded not guilty Thursday after a federal grand jury indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

State auditor a no show at legislative committee hearing

OLYMPIA — Embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley skipped a chance to testify before lawmakers Wednesday, a development that has them pondering their subpoena power.

Date: 04/01/2015 | Local News

State auditor scrutiny has ties to 2008 fire in Everett

EVERETT — A spectacular nighttime fire that destroyed the Stewart Title Co. building is playing a key role in a federal investigation into state Auditor Troy Kelley’s business dealings.

Date: 03/31/2015 | Local News

State auditor doesn’t have much choice: Tough it out or quit

No one but Troy Xavier Kelley knows how long he will be the state auditor of Washington.But for those who roam the corridors of power on the Capitol campus in Olympia, the first-term Democrat can’t leave soon enough.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

Seattle judge orders Russian man to disclose all assets

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has given a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses two weeks to disclose all of his assets.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest

Stanwood businessman pleads guilty to federal tax fraud

STANWOOD — A Stanwood businessman was ordered last week to pay nearly $200,000 in payroll taxes he never collected.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Subpoenas arrive as Oregon governor announces departure

SALEM, Ore. — Just hours after Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his decision to resign, a subpoena arrived in a state office building confirming that federal agents are looking into the influence-peddling scandal that led to the abrupt end of a four-decade political career.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Northwest

Scammers pose as IRS agents

EVERETT — Kathleen Banks came home Friday morning from running errands to find a message on her answering machine.“It was hard to understand, something about owing taxes and being in trouble,” the retired Everett resident said.She dialed the number left by the message.

Date: 01/25/2015 | Local News

Bellingham financial adviser sentenced for stealing from elderly

SEATTLE — A Bellingham tax and financial adviser convicted of stealing $255,000 from 26 elderly clients has been sentenced to 51 months in prison.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Northwest

Spokane Valley bank manager admits embezzling

SPOKANE — A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $92,000 when she managed a Spokane Valley branch of Banner Bank.Under terms of a plea deal, 44-year-old Christine L. Johnston faces a 15-month prison term when she is sentenced in April in federal court in Spokane.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Northwest

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