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Indicted Washington State Auditor Returns to Work

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Lawmakers seek to impeach Washington state auditor Lawmakers seek to impeach Washington state auditor

SEATTLE (AP) - Indicted Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley has returned to work after several months on leave while he fights criminal charges that include tax evasion, money laundering and possession of stolen property.
    
Kelley informed his office in a letter Tuesday that he had returned to work. He said he previously took a leave of absence at the request of lawmakers, and some of those same lawmakers are calling for his impeachment based in part on the fact that he hasn't been working.
    
Kelley was indicted last spring in connection with a real-estate services business that he used to run. Federal prosecutors say he kept $3 million in fees that he was supposed to refund to thousands of homeowners.
    
A spokeswoman for Gov. Jay Inslee called Kelley's decision to return to work troubling.

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OYLMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers has written a resolution to impeach embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley.
    
The Seattle Times reports (http://goo.gl/QMSRE9 ) the resolution was announced Monday. It will be filed by Republican Reps. Drew MacEwen of Union and Drew Stokesbary of Auburn, and Democratic Reps. Sam Hunt of Olympia and Chris Reykdal of Tumwater.
    
Kelley has been on leave since last spring and has faced calls for his resignation since the government charged him with keeping millions of dollars that should have been refunded to customers of his former real-estate services business.
    
In the resolution lawmakers claim Kelley has "willfully abandoned his statewide elective office."
    
Kelley's attorney said in a statement to the Times that Kelley has received a copy of the resolution and will likely make a public response once he has reviewed it carefully.
    
If the state House voted to impeach Kelley in its legislative session starting in January, the state Senate would be obligated to hold a trial.
    
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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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