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State auditor releases Trios fraud findings

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KENNEWICK, WA - A Washington State Auditor's fraud investigation alleges a former Trios Health employee misappropriated thousands of dollars from a Trios credit card account.

Reporter Rex Carlin learned that the state auditor's report indicates airfare, gasoline, veterinary care, and personal cell phone service were some of the items bought between October 2015 and February 2016 by a now-former Trios Health employee with a work credit card.

Trios officials wouldn't release the former employee's name, but said the person was someone who was in a position considered trustworthy for handling one of the fourteen credit cards Trios uses.

 Being a state agency, Trios submitted the findings to the state auditor's office following state law, and the auditor's office report agrees with the Trios report that more than $11,000 was spent during that four month period.

State Auditor Pat McCarthy says Trios handled it properly, but also learned some lessons in the process.

"Government has gotten more into using credit cards and it creates a level of vulnerability, and they need to put additional controls over who gets them, the expenditure approvals, who's doing the oversight, who's doing the monitoring," said McCarthy.

McCarthy adds she thinks Trios did everything right when it came to finding and reporting the alleged misuse of funds.

Trios also sent its findings to the Kennewick Police Department, which opened up its own investigation on the alleged fraud.

The auditor's office is now forwarding its findings over to the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.