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Washington Governor's Office: Troy Kelley's Pay Can Be Withheld

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
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Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley

An initial legal analysis from Washington’s attorney general said that the state can withhold the pay of indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley.

It was released Thursday by Governor Jay Inslee’s office.

Kelley was named last week in a 10-count federal indictment related to his previous business dealings. He’s accused of scheming to hide millions of dollars in stolen fees and filing false tax returns. Kelley has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Because Kelley plans to go on indefinite leave starting May 1, the lawyers believe there’s no obligation for the state to continue to pay him. But the governor’s office calls that legal analysis ‘somewhat uncertain’ and noted this is an unprecedented situation.

Inslee’s office said the best option would be if Kelley voluntarily declines to be paid. So far though the first-term Democrat has not announced his intentions.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

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."