Calls by Washam’s office for criminal investigation raise questions of ‘impropriety,’ prosecutor’s office says
Calls by Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam‘s office for a criminal investigation into the actions of his predecessor raise questions of impropriety, “if not worse,” the prosecutor’s office says.
In the latest back-and-forth between Washam’s office and other county officials. Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Doug Vanscoy wrote on Thursday that questions about whether the public was harmed by skipped physical property inspections had been asked and answered. (You can read his letter here.) Prosecutor’s letter
Deputy Assessor-Treasurer Alberto Ugas filed a criminal complaint with Sheriff Paul Pastor on Oct. 4, claiming “conspiracy to defraud, forgery and falsification of official public records” in took place in Madsen’s office from 2001-2008. Alberto Ugas Criminal Complaint
Vanscoy’s letter was in response to an Oct. 12 request from Ugas that Prosecutor Mark Lindquist “stand up for taxpayers…by initiating an investigation into the allegations set forth in my criminal complaint.” Letter from Deputy Assessor-Treasurer Alberto Ugas to Prosecutor Mark Lindquist
Ugas contends in both his complaint to Pastor and his letter to Lindquist that Madsen’s office unlawfully carried out “forgeries and falsifications” of public records after skipping physical property inspections required by the state. Those actions hopelessly corrupted the tax rolls and harmed taxpayers, Ugas and Washam contend.
Vanscoy, responding to Ugas at Lindquist’s request, wrote in part: “Your own investigative report attempts…to link the Madsen issues to a former employee who has a pending EEO complaint against Mr. Washam, raising a question whether your importuning for a criminal investigation has the appearance of impropriety, if not worse.” Prosecutor’s letter to Washam