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Enforcements for Department of Social and Health Services

Case Agency Violation/Result Penalty Amount Laws RCW
2014-074 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services may have violated RCW 42.52.020, .030 and .070 when she sold Scentsy Candle products to clients under her control and used her position as the Attendant Counselor Manager to sign and approve payment for the candles, personally benefitting from the sales.

Result: Settlement approved on July 11, 2014 for a civil penalty of $2,000.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 45.52.030, RCW 42.52.070
2014-022 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health services violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for personal benefit. Evidence indicated that he sent and received personal email, visited numerous shopping sites on the internet, downloaded music, picture and movie files.

Result: Settlement approved on November 14, 2014 for a civil penalty of $4,000 with $2,000 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2014-008 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services may have violated RCW 42.52.020 when she failed to notify her supervisor that her sister-in-law had applied for a position within her department. Evidence indicated that her sister-in-law went through the normal hiring process and was not afforded any special privilege.

Result: Settlement approved on July 14, 2014 for a Letter of Instruction, including a requirement to complete the Ethics Challenge.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.020
2014-006 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services may have violated RCW 42.52.160 by using state internet access for his personal benefit. Evidence indicated that over a 4 month period he used the internet for personal use over 1,000 minutes per month.

Result: Settlement approved on September 12, 2014 for a civil penalty of $2,000.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2014-005 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Service may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for his personal benefit and allowed other employees that he supervised to access the internet for their personal benefit.

Result: Settlement approved on September 12, 2014 for a civil penalty of $2,000 with $1,250 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2014-004 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for his personal outside business as a sports official.

Result: Settlement approved on November 14, 2014 for a civil penalty of $3,000 with $1,250 suspended.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160
2013-049 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services may have violated RCW 42.52.150 when he accepted gifts from a vendor and RCW 42.52.160 by participating in a football pool where it was possible to win cash and prizes.

Result: Settlement approved on September 12, 2014 for a civil penalty of $1,500 with $750 suspended.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.150, RCW 42.52.160
2013-048 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to purchase plane tickets and sent over 60 emails to friends and family in a one year period.

Result: Settlement approved on September 12, 2014 for a civil penalty of $500 with $250 suspended.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2013-024 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services may have violated RCW 42.52.160 by using state resources for her personal benefit when she submitted false mileage reimbursement claims and when she took time off from work without submitting the proper leave requests.

Result: Settlement approved on July 11, 2014 for a civil penalty of $1,500 and an additional $1,170 in restitution to the Department of Social and Health Services.

$4,750 RCW 42.52.160
2013-017 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal gain. Evidence indicated that she accepted honoraria from pharmaceutical companies to promote their products and used her influence to promote their products to the state.

Result: Settlement approved on May 9, 2014 for a civil penalty of $10,000 with $2,500 suspended.

$10,000 RCW 42.52.160
2013-051 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of the Department of Social and Health Services may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for her outside business. Records indicated that although she received a few emails prior to 2010 supporting her outside business, there was no evidence of recent use.

Result: Settlement approved on May 9, 2014 for a Letter of Instruction, including completing the online Ethics Challenge.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.160
2012-071 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee with the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state issued cell phone to place or receive 325 personal calls during a 24-month period of time, for over 1,000 minutes and incurring over $100 in long distance and roaming charges.

Result: Settlement approved on November 8, 2013 for a civil penalty of $3,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.070
2012-037 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An Assistant Fire Chief with the Department of Social and Health Services -- special Commitment Center violated RCW 42.52.160 and .070 when he used state resources for personal gain and for using his position to secure a special privilege.

Result: Settlement approved on May 10, 2013 for a civil penalty of $9,000.

$9,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2012-031 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee with the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for private gain by using the state's underground parking garage to store personal vehicles.

Result: Settlement approved on January 11, 2013 for a civil penalty of $4,000 with $2,000 suspended.

$4,000 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2012-004 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to conduct a personal real estate business and visited other non-work related websites.

Result: Settlement approved on July 13, 2012 for a civil penalty of $2,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2011-036 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used his state issued computer to visit sites on the internet and sent/received emails directly related to his outside business as a musician in a local band.

Result: Settlement approved on March 16, 2012 for a civil penalty of $3,000 with $1,500 suspended.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160
2011-033 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Support Enforcement Officer for the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal gain and to conduct a personal business.

Result: Settlement approved on September 14, 2012 for a civil penalty of $3,000 with $1,500 suspended.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160
2011-031 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state issued computer to visit sites on the internet which were directly related to her outside employment as an art instructor.

Result: Settlement approved on May 11, 2012 for a civil penalty of $2,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2011-012 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to lobby.

Result: Settlement approved on November 18, 2011 issuing a Letter of Instruction in lieu of a monetary fine.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.160
2011-004 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to further an outside business.

Result: Settlement approved on November 18, 2011for a civil penalty of $250.

$250 RCW 42.52.160
2011-001 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state computer to access non-work related websites and pursue outside business transactions.

Result: Settlement approved on November 18, 2011 for a Civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2010-004 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Department of Social and Health Services employee at Western State Hospital violated RCW 42.52.070 when her professional relationships and communications with patients in the performance of her duties constituted solicitations for patients to be placed in her private rental home.

Result: A Final Order was entered on September 14, 2012 with an assessed civil penalty of $300.

$300 RCW 42.52.070
2010-003 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A former Department of Social and Health Services employee at Western State Hospital violated state law when he used state resources for personal business gain by sending and receiving non-work related emails, visiting non-work related websites, and using state resources for his outside real estate business.

Result: Settlement approved on March 11, 2011 for a Civil penalty of $1,500.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2010-065 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A former Department of Social and Health Service, Developmental Disability Division employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she worked simultaneously for a private non-profit organization during her scheduled state work hours.

Result: Settlement approved on March 11, 2011for a Civil penalty of $10,000.

$10,000 RCW 42.52.160
2009-055 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 for personal benefit.

Result: Settlement approved on March 11, 2011 for a Civil penalty of $1,000 with $500 suspended.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2009-029 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she sent an email to coworkers in which she encouraged them to contact their state representatives to voice their objection to a proposed bill that would raise vehicle license fees.

Result: Settlement approved on July 9, 2010 for a Civil penalty of $500 with $250 suspended.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2009-014 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to pursue personal interests.

Result: Settlement approved on May 14, 2010 for a Civil penalty of $500 with $200 suspended.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2009-013 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal gain.

Result: Settlement approved on November 18, 2011for a Civil penalty of $1,500.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2009-012 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal gain to access websites of personal interest and to place order for her personal business as a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant.

Result: An Order and Judgment was issued on may 13, 2011 for a Civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2008-134 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to pursue personal interests.

Result: Settlement approved on March 12, 2010 for a Civil penalty of $750 with $250 suspended.

$750 RCW 42.52.160
2008-103 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: A former Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.020, .040, .070 and .160 when he attemped to be appointed the guardian for a DSHS client on his caseload or former caseload, inappropriately shared information with another person regarding a previous case and used DSHS letterhead and fax machine for personal use.

Result: Final Order issued on April 9, 2012 for a Civil penalty of $12,500.

$12,500 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.040, RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
2007-007 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Former Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 by using his agency laptop to send and receive personal email, to store 900 personal pictures and 800 music files and to visit non-work related Internet sites, including adult-oriented sites.

Result: Settlement approved on June 12, 2009 for a Civil penalty of $6,500 with $2,000 suspended.

$6,500 RCW 42.52.160
2005-041 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: DSHS employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources, including the state computer, Internet, time and email fo non-work related purposes.

Result: Settlement approved on September 8, 2006 for a Civil penalty of $750.

$750 RCW 42.52.160
2004-022 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services Office Chief violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state computer for personal email, banking and accessing personal internet sites.

Result: Settlement approved on April 13, 2007 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $750.

$750 RCW 42.52.160
2004-017 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Former DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation employee violated RCW 42.52.030,.070 and 42.52.160 when he failed to disclose to his state agency employer his personal and financial interest in a private business to which he was directing clients on his DSHS caseload; payments with state funds he authorized for which he and his private business benefited; purchases and car repairs that were made from state funds for which he and his private business benefited and use of the private business' UBI number to avoid paying sales taxes.

Result: Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Order approved on February 9, 2007 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $6,630.

$6,630 RCW 42.52.160
2003-121 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state provided computer and internet service to access websites related to her condominium, domestic pet and medical sites, Safeco, Mariners, Ticketmaster, music, and department store sites. She also used instant message services to communicate with family members.

Result: Settlement approved on September 10, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $500.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2003-054 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Former Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to engage in outside activities and visited over 1,800 internet sites not related to official duties.

Result: Settlement approved on January 13, 2006 for a Civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2003-016 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he received inappropriate jokes on his state computer and distributed them to coworkers.

Result: Settlement approved on April 9, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $500. The Board also issued a Letter of Reprimand.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2003-015 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources and a state provided computer to copy and distribute inappropriate jokes to coworkers via hardcopy and e-mail.

Result: Settlement approved on April 9, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $500.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2003-014 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Former Regional Administrator for Department of Social and Health Services violated RCW 42.52.020, .070, .140, and .160, when she used state resources for personal benefit, used her position as Regional Administrator for personal benefit and for the benefit of others, and removed documents which may have contained confidential information from the agency without the required authorization. She also had a financial interest in her employees; used her position to grant special privileges, and solicited and/or received gifts of economic value that could reasonably be expected to influence her actions.

Result: Settlement approved on Septemer 12, 2008 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $5,000 with an additional $3,200 for investigative costs.

$5,000 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.140, RCW 42.52.160
2002-050 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.070 when she used materials available to her as a state employee, such as letterhead and a fax machine, to correspond with law enforcement in a manner that implied that her complaint was related to official agency business or concerns.

Result: Initial Order following a Brief Adjudicative Proceeding issued on July 7, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $25 and $75 for investigative costs.

$100 RCW 42.52.070
2002-047 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to access his home business and adult-oriented websites.

Result: Settlement approved on September 12, 2003 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $750 with $250 suspended.

$750 RCW 42.52.160
2002-036 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.050 whe he released unauthorized, confidential client information to a private investigative agency owned by a sibling. The employee and the Board agree that he violated RCW 42.52.120 and agency policy when he accepted employment as a private investigator and did not obtain agency approval of this employment. The Board further concluded that the he violated RCW 42.52.050(1) because his employment as a private investigator might reasonably have required or induced him to make unauthorized disclosure(s) of confidential information.

Result: Settlement approved on April 9, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $5,000. The Board also issued a Letter of Reprimand.

$5,000 RCW 42.52.050, RCW 42.52.120
2002-014 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he sent or received 41 personal emails during a 90-day period. The emails were not brief.

Result: Settlement approved on January 12, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $300 with $300 suspended. The Board also issued a Letter of Reprimand.

$300 RCW 42.52.160
2002-053 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to access at least 63 websites on the Internet relating to sports, jokes, auctions, department stores, automobiles, movies and adult-oriented sites. He also sent personal email containing inappropriate content to coworkers, friends, family and outside agencies.

Result: Settlement approved on July 11, 2003 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $1,500 with $500 suspended.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2001-009 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.120 when he received $2,750 in compensation for five speaking presentations from a pharmaceutical company that engages in business with his state employer.

Result: Settlement approved on February 13, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $750 with $250 suspended and an additional $500 in investigative costs .

$750 RCW 42.52.120
2000-028 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to review websites including Dow Jones charts, stockbrokers, sports, news and retail stores.

Result: Settlement approved on November 8, 2002 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $1,000 with $500 suspended.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2000-005 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.160 and .070 when he sent an email to over 23,000 agency staff on his last day of employment promoting his outside business.

Result: Administrative Law Judge issued a Civil penalty in the amount of $200 on March 7, 2000.

$200 RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160
1999-016 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.050 when he delayed complying with a public records request due to various factors.

Result: Settlement approved on September 8, 2000 with a Letter of Instruction.

Letter of Instruction RCW 42.52.050
1998-003 Department of Social and Health Services

Violation: Former Department of Social and Health Services employee violated RCW 42.52.070 when he failed to notify employing agency and the Health Care Authority of change in marital status resulting in the improper payment of health care benefits for an ineligible dependent totaling $2,709.

Result: Settlement approved on March 12, 1999 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $1,800.

$1,800 RCW 42.52.070