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Feds Seek Revenue Records Related To Washington State Auditor

Washington State Auditor's Office
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley in a photo his office posted to social media January 16, 2015.

The federal probe involving Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is casting a wide net.

A spokesman for Governor Jay Inslee confirmed Sunday that the Washington Department of Revenue recently received a request from the feds for documents relating to Troy Kelley and entities connected to him.

Additional details on that request were not immediately available. The spokesman said more information may be forthcoming on Monday.

In February the FBI requested all of Kelley's financial and reimbursement records from his years as a state lawmaker. This was first reported by The Seattle Times.

These developments follow a week when Kelley's Tacoma home was searched by federal agents and his office released a grand jury subpoena for records relating to a part time employee of the office who previously worked for Kelley in a private business.

Kelley was accused in a lawsuit of misappropriating funds related to that business. In a deposition he acknowledged moving $3.8 million through a series of wire transfers. That money eventually ended up in an account linked to a bank in Belize.

Kelley ultimately settled that lawsuit. Details of that settlement are confidential.

Kelley has long maintained he did nothing wrong. The Democrat has not commented on the federal probe other than to say he does not know why his home was searched.

Kelley has reportedly been on vacation and is scheduled to return to the auditor's office on Monday.

Inslee's office also confirms that Kelley has had a phone conversation with the governor. Details of that phone call were not released, but Inslee's spokesman put out a statement last week calling on Kelley to remove himself from his office's response to the investigation. His spokesman David Postman said in a statement that the governor hopes Kelley "will work with authorities and to the greatest extent possible--and as soon as possible--be open with the public."

Kelley has not been charged with any crimes.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."