fraud

Moses Lake man pleads guilty to fraudulently obtaining PPP loans

MOSES LAKE, Wash. -- A man from Moses Lake pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining $49,999 in COVID-19 relief funds. According to court documents, 29-year-old Dondre Charles Jackson obtained two Paycheck Protection Program loans for his purported catering and food service…

Tacoma woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $600,000

SEATTLE (AP) — A 40-year-old Tacoma woman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud involving a scheme to defraud friends and acquaintances out of more than $600,000. Sabrina Taylor admitted to lying about her health, employment status, and education to steal…

Tim Eyman defaults on court-ordered payments

SEATTLE (AP) — Court documents show that former initiative promoter Tim Eyman, who earlier this year was found liable for years of violations of Washington’s campaign finance laws and was fined $2.6 million, has not made his last two monthly…

Feds: Unemployment fraud suspect tried to bilk IRS of $1.6M

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A suspended Nigerian government official accused of stealing $350,000 from Washington state as part of a massive pandemic-related fraud also sought to bilk the Internal Revenue Service of nearly $1.6 million, federal prosecutors said Friday. Abidemi…

Election official: Barely a hint of voting fraud in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — There was no evidence of widespread election fraud in Idaho during the Nov. 3 election, state election officials said. Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck told the Idaho Statesman in a story on Tuesday that there were about…

Washington’s unemployment system sees spike in impostors

Because of an increase in attempted “impostor fraud” applications for weekly unemployment benefits during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, officials in Washington state said Thursday they will be holding all payments for up to two days this week while they take additional steps to verify claims.