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Enforcements for Department of Corrections

Case Agency Violation/Result Penalty Amount Laws RCW
2017-012 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Department of Corrections supervisor took time off from work without submitting the proper leave slips and allowed a subordinate to take time off without requiring her to submit leave for her time off. Evidence indicates she received pay for at lease 282 hours of time that she was not at work and did not submit the proper leave slips over a 5-month period.

Result: A settlement was approved on September 8, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $6,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$6,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.160
2016-051 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Department of Corrections employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by taking personal time away from work without submitting the proper leave requests. Evidence shows that she received pay for at least 308 hours of time that she was not at work and did not submit the proper leave slips during a 5-month period.

Result: Settlement approved on September 8, 2017 with a civil penalty of $4,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$4,000 RCW 42.52.160
2016-053 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Physician's Assistant with the Department of Corrections used state resources for his private benefit and gain by taking time off without submitting the proper leave requests. Evidence indicated that he took 210 hours off from work, was paid for the time and leave was not subtracted from his leave balance. He repaid the Department for all of the hours.

Result: Settlement approved on September 8, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $2,500

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2016-072 Department of Corrections

Violation: A PREA Compliance Manager may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for her private benefit and gain when she used a state vehicle for personal use on two separate occasions.

Result: A settlement agreement was approved on September 8, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $2,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2015-056 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Warehouse Operator Supervisor may have violated the Act when she accepted a gift from an agency contracted vendor. Evidence indicated that she accepted free tickets to a Mariner's game including space in a suite and free parking for the event.

Result: A Stipulated agreement was approved on July 14, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $2,000 with $1,000 suspended.

RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.150
2015-023 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Department of Corrections employee may have violated RCW 42.52.070 when he used his postion to influce the placement of his son within a state program.

Result: Settlement approved September 11, 2015 with a civil penalty of $750.

$750 RCW 42.52.070
2015-032 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Chaplin for the Washington Corrections Center for Women may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to browse the internet for personal benefit and gain. Evidence indicated that over the course of 26 days, approximately 800 minutes of internet browsing appeared to be non-work related.

Result: A settlement agreement was approved on March 24, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $2,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2015-041 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee at Coyote Ridge Correctional Center may have provided a special privilege to inmates by allowing them to use his office phone to make personal calls. An investigation revealed that during a 5 month period the total number of calls made for offenders totaled 360.

Result: A settlement agreement was approved on March 24, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $1,500.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2015-057 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Department of Corrections employee may have violated RCW 42.52.070 and .150 when she accepted a gift of Mariner's tickets from an agency contracted vendor.

Result: An agreed settlement was approved on March 24, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $1,500 with $750 suspended.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.150
2015-072 Department of Corrections

Violation: A former Corrections Specialist took personal time away from work without submitting the proper leave slips. Evidence indicated that he was paid for 5 days in which he did not work.

Result: An agreed settlement was approved on May 12, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2014-093 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Community Corrections Office may have violated the Act when she used state resources for her personal benefit by visiting non-work related websites including sites in which she would be compensated for providing product feedback.

Result: An agreed settlement was approved on November 18, 2016 imposing a civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2014-068 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee of the Department of Corrections may have violated RCW 42.52.160 by using state resources to promote and sell Omnitrition products.

Result: Settlement approved on January 15, 2016 for a civil penalty of $1,500 with $750 suspended.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2014-065 Department of Corrections

Violation: A former Department of Corrections employee was found to have violated RCW 42.52.160 by using state resources (agency time, computer and email) during work hours to work on her college coursework and to manage her vacation rental property.

Result: A final order was entered on April 29th, 2016 imposing a civil penalty of $3,000.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160
2014-036 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee with the Department of Corrections violated RCW 42.52.160 by taking personal time away from work without submitting the proper leave requests

Result: Settlement approved on January 15, 2016 for a civil penalty of $5,500 with $2,250 suspended.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2014-035 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee of the Department of Corrections violated RCW 42.52.160 by using state resources for his personal benefit and RCW 42.52.020, conducting activities incompatible with his official duties when he purchased a vehicle from one of his subordinates.

Result: Settlement approved on November 14, 2014 for a civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,500 suspended.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.160
2014-023 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee of the Department of Corrections violated RCW 42.52.070 and .160 when she transported her spouse, a non-state employee, to work in her assigned state vehicle.

Result: Settlement approved on November 14, 2014 for a civil penalty of $3,000.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2013-007 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee of the Department of Corrections violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for personal benefit. Evidence indicated that over a 20-day work period he used the state's computer system for over 30 hours of non-work related business.

Result: Settlement approved on September 13, 2013 for a civil penalty of $3,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160
2013-001 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee of the Monroe Correctional Center, Department of Corrections, violated RCW 42.52.160 and .180 when he used state resources to promote his political campaign for a Monroe City Council position.

Result: Settlement approved on May 10, 2013 for a civil penalty of $1,250 with $500 suspended.

$1,250 RCW 42.52.160, RCW 42.52.180
2012-060 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee with the Department of Corrections was found to have violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to send an email from work to members of the Spokane City Council and the West Central Neighborhood Council in support of local business owners.

Result: Settlement approved on January 11, 2013 for a civil penalty of $100 and a Letter of Instruction.

$100 RCW 42.52.160
2011-015 Department of Corrections

Violation: An employee with the Department of Corrections was found to have violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to promote and support an outside non-profit organization. She was also found to have engaged in outside employment which involved the use of state resources for her private benefit or gain.

Result: A Final Order was issued on February 25, 2013 for a civil penalty of $17,000 with $3,600 suspended.

$17,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2011-029 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Department of Corrections employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for personal gain.

Result: Settlement approved on January 13, 2012 for a Civil penalty of $1,500.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2010-062 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Department of Corrections employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal benefit.

Result: Settlement approved on March 11, 2011for a Civil penalty of $500 with $250 suspended.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2010-061 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Department of Corrections employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal benefit.

Result: Settlement approved on May 13, 2011 for a Civil penalty of $1,500.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2008-126 Department of Corrections

Violation: A Washington State Department of Corrections employee violated RCW 42.52.070 and .160 when she took leave without submitting leave slips.

Result: Settlement approved on September 11, 2009 for a Civil penalty of $500 with $250 suspended.

$500 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2003-120 Department of Corrections

Violation: Department of Corrections employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state computer, e-mail, and Internet to access non-work related sites on a daily basis.

Result: Settlement approved on September 10, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $750 with $250 suspended.

$750 RCW 42.52.160
2002-003 Department of Corrections

Violation: Department of Corrections employee violated RCW 42.52.070 and 42.52.160 when he used his position to secure special privileges and exemptions by using inmates and facilities to perform work in support of a non-profit entity of which he was the director.

Result: Settlement approved on February 13, 2003 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $500 with $250 suspended and $250 for investigative costs.

$500 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2001-025 Department of Corrections

Violation: Department of Corrections Field Administrator violated RCW 42.52.160 and 42.52.070 when she authorized the parking of agency employees' private vehicles in parking spaced leased by the agency for their agency owned vehicles.

Result: Settlement approved on May 9, 2003. Board issued a Letter of Instruction.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
1996-021 Department of Corrections

Violation: Department of Corrections employee violated RCW 42.52.050 when she inadvertently left a confidential legal document related to an inmate on work desk that was viewed by other inmates.

Result: Settlement approved on April 11, 1997. Board issued a Letter of Instruction.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.020