On the Record: a selection of government data

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Fraud alerts issued by government.

Agency: Island County Sheriff’s Office

Alert: Scammers are using social media websites to post false advertisements for homes for rent or sale on Whidbey Island. The scammer poses as the owner of properties but says the family had to leave the country suddenly. The scammer then asks for a check or money order for rent and a security deposit. The rent or sale price often is lower than it should be.

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City of Snohomish: $131,147 to B&L Utilities of Snohomish for work on the traffic light at First Street and Avenue D.

City of Snohomish: $655 to Grainger Inc. of Everett for a motor rotation and a triple guard.

City of Sultan: $89,242 to Ponderosa Pacific of Sultan for street construction.

City of Sultan: $1,243 to Evergreen District Court for court filings.

City of Sultan: $439 to Acuity Group of Vancouver, Wash., for professional services.


Civil assessments by government for violations of law or regulation.

Agency: Washington State Department of Licensing

Proposed penalty: $1,500, one-year suspension of real estate broker license, stayed for three years if no further violations.

Subject: Derek Cole, Lynnwood

Reason: Unprofessional conduct; accepted a commission without going through his employing firm.

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