Former Washington Auditor Once Again On Trial For Money Laundering

Nov 9, 2017

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the retrial of former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Kelley is charged with possession and concealment of stolen property, money laundering and filing false tax returns. A jury acquitted Kelley last year of making a false statement to the IRS, but deadlocked on the remaining counts.

The charges stem from his work in the real estate closing industry prior to his time as state auditor. Specifically, Kelley is accused of pocketing millions of dollars in homeowner fees that prosecutors say should have been refunded and then concealing the money in order to avoid paying taxes.

His defense team counters that Kelley provided a valuable service, earned the money and reported everything on his taxes appropriately.

Kelley left office in January after not running for re-election.