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Washington Governor Jay Inslee was cruising to re-election Tuesday night with 56 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Bill Bryant. But several other statewide races were still too close to call, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was back in federal court Friday. He’s facing a second trial next year for charges related to his past real estate services business. His first trial ended with the jury acquitting him of making a false statement to the IRS but deadlocked on all other counts.

This story has been updated. The outcome of the real estate services fraud case against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley could hinge on the testimony of Jason JeRue who served as operations manager for Kelley’s former company, the Post Closing Department.

In the spring of 2008, when future Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was in the process of closing down his real estate services business, he instructed his operations manager to falsify client spreadsheets and “get rid” of records. That was the testimony Thursday from Jason JeRue, a highly anticipated witness in Kelley’s money laundering and tax evasion trial.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley’s trial enters its fourth week Monday. As prosecutors continue to mount their case, a behind-the-scenes fight has emerged over Kelley’s payment of taxes to the state of Washington and whether that’s relevant to this federal case.

Jurors in the trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley heard from Jason Jerue, a witness who is testifying under a grant of immunity from the federal government. He took the stand Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Tacoma.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley ison trial for pocketing real estate closing fees that prosecutors say should have been refunded to homeowners. But emails introduced into evidence Thursday call into question whether his company was the only real estate services firm that failed to issue consumer refunds during the housing bubble of the 2000s.

A former manager for Fidelity National Title escrow offices in western Washington testified Wednesday that State Auditor Troy Kelley promised to track real estatereconveyancesfor a $15 flat fee and refund leftover funds to customers.

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A defense attorney for Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley moved for a mistrial moments after a federal prosecutor had concluded his opening statement in the money laundering and tax evasion trial against Kelley. The judge in the case, Ronald Leighton, denied the motion. But it provided a dramatic courtroom moment at the outset to a trial that's expected to last more than four weeks and marks the first time since the early 1980s that a top elected official in Washington has been at the...

Opening arguments are expected Tuesday afternoon in the money laundering and tax evasion trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley. But first a jury of 12 plus two alternates must be empaneled.

The U.S. Department of Justice has notified around 13,000 homeowners in connection with the real estate services fraud case against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley. The notifications went to former customers of two title companies that contracted with Kelley before he was elected state auditor.

The Washington Legislature has no plans to impeach indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley. And now it’s clear he also won’t be recalled from office.

More than a decade ago, Washington voters approved a ballot measure requiring performance audits of state and local government programs . But now Washington’s deputy state auditor says funding for those performance audits is imperiled. And she’s concerned it’s because of elected auditor Troy Kelley’s legal troubles.

Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley suddenly returned to office Tuesday, pending his federal criminal trial in March for money laundering and tax evasion. The first-term Democrat is also under investigation by the state for hiring a former business associate to work in the auditor’s office.

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Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has returned to office. The first-term Democrat abruptly ended his seven month leave of absence Tuesday. He says it’s because of efforts to impeach him.

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Another candidate has joined the 2016 race for Washington State auditor. It’s a Seattle attorney who’s never run for public office. The auditor’s job is to shine a light on how public dollars are spent…or misspent. Democrat Jeff Sprung said he’s had a similar career focus - fighting for taxpayers. And he wants to bring that experience, and a fresh perspective, to state government. “I’m an outsider to Olympia and I have no stake in fighting old battles," Sprung said. "For the job of the people...

A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers has introduced a resolution to impeach indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley. That announcement Monday follows months of calls for the first-term Democrat to resign after being charged with possession of stolen funds and tax evasion unrelated to his duties in office.

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Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley won a victory Thursday in a pre-trial hearing in Tacoma. He gets back money the feds seized from him--even though for now he can't spend it.

In the second day of a pretrial hearing in the case of indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, defense attorney Angelo Calfo continued to question the lead FBI investigator in the case. Calfo is seeking to undermine key foundational elements of the theft, money laundering and tax evasion case against Kelley even before it reaches a scheduled trial in March.

The attorney for indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley aggressively sought to undermine the case against his client during a pretrial hearing in Tacoma.

Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday. He’s fighting to get back nearly $1 million the feds seized in September.

The attorney for indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley wants some of the charges against his client dropped. Attorney Angelo Calfo is also petitioning a judge to break apart the criminal indictment into separate trials.

Washington Republicans have been talking about impeaching indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley. But now one of Kelley’s fellow Democrats says it’s time to proceed.

All four Washington legislative leaders have signed a letter calling on indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley to immediately resign. The letter was hand delivered to the auditor’s office Wednesday morning.

The lawyer for indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has more than 80,000 pages of transcripts, witness statements and documents to wade through.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has pleaded not guilty -- again. The indicted Democrat was arraigned Friday morning in federal court in Tacoma on a revised 17-count indictment.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley faces additional charges of money laundering and tax evasion. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced the new charges Thursday afternoon.

Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley will get to keep his lawyer after a federal judge Friday found no obvious conflict of interest that would preclude Mark Bartlett from staying on the case.

Wash AG Launches New Investigation of State Auditor Troy Kelley

Jun 9, 2015
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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Tuesday that he's opening a criminal investigation into state auditor Troy Kelley. Kelley has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges and is currently on unpaid leave. The AG's investigation is separate from the federal charges that Kelley already faces. Attorney General Bob Ferguson declined to specify what the state investigation entails. He would only say the investigation will focus on the relationship between Kelley and a...

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp said “now is not the time” to try to impeach indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley and that it would be a distraction.

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