Austin Hsu, 46, of Issaquah, Washington, is charged with one count of wire fraud. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
Authorities in Olympia, WA, have charged a former small-town police chief with fraud because she allegedly collected workers’ compensation benefits for several years while working full time as a pinup model.
Brenda Lynn Cavoretto, 47, of Gold Bar, faces two charges of making false or misleading statements to collect workers’ compensation benefits from the state.
This week, on September 17th, 2019, the Trump administration passed a new food inspection policy in Washington, DC that has raised concerns about worker safety. The policy now allows an increase in slaughter line speeds in all US hog processing factories.
According to the Human Rights Watch, increasing the slaughter line speed is threatening worker lives and putting them at risk of severe injuries. The policy, known as the “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection” rule, was announced by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS belongs to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
A former Chief Financial Officer of Barrett Business Services Inc. (BBSI) was indicted last week for falsely reporting workers’ compensation expenses and then profiting from these misrepresentations. BBSI provides personnel services including payroll and human resources, to companies across the country.
James Miller, who served as CFO of the Vancouver, Washington-based company from 2008-2016, is alleged to have underreported BBSI’s workers’ compensation expenses to the tune of $12 million in 2013. He reported these expenses as fees and payroll taxes. Because of this, BBSI’s monetary situation appeared stronger and more attractive to investors than it actually was.
Ten years ago, the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET) raided Steven Fager’s property in Discovery Bay, Washington. They found 10 pounds of processed marijuana and 275 marijuana plants. The man and his brother, Timothy, were charged with possession of drugs with the intent to deliver. They were also charged with defrauding the Jefferson County Public Utility District by diverting power for their own uses.
At the same time as they filed criminal charges, law enforcement attempted to use civil asset forfeiture to take the man’s property. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal procedure where law enforcement can take an individual’s property if it is suspected of being involved in a crime. In most states, it is not necessary for the property owner to be convicted of a crime—or even charged with one. Additionally, in Washington state, it is the owners who bear the onus of demonstrating the innocence of their property to be able to get it back.