Report: Wash. center for predators rife with fraud

SEATTLE - A new report says employee fraud and absenteeism have plagued Washington state's center for dangerous sex predators on McNeil Island.

An investigation by The Seattle Times found that as many as 85 workers at the Special Commitment Center are suspected of abusing overtime and paid leave, and that two employees were paid $32,000 in overtime for work they never performed.

Neither has been punished because an investigation by the state Auditor's Office still isn't completed, two and a half years after it began.

Nevertheless, since January, the center has fired eight employees, suspended four and slapped 26 others with letters of reprimand or other discipline for misconduct unrelated to the auditor's probe.

Among those fired were a high-ranking manager who turned in a made-up investigative report, staffers accused of viewing pornography on their work computers, and two employees who forged doctor's notes to cover up their absenteeism.

The Times based its investigation on hundreds of pages of public records and numerous interviews.