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Wash. Auditors Say Gov't Worker Gave Free Massages

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Auditors say a Washington government employee gave 85 hours of free massages at work last year.
    
The State Auditor's Office said in a report Monday that the Department of Ecology employee practiced giving massages on her co-workers because she was attending school to become a massage therapist. The unnamed worker has since left the department.
    
Auditors say the 85 hours of free massages does not count the time the worker spent sending 271 email messages related to the massages.
    
The audit conclusions are being forwarded to the Executive Ethics Board for potential action. Ecology officials say they are working to refresh employees on proper use of state resources, particularly at the Northwest Regional Office where the employee worked.

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