Troy Kelley

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is defending himself in the face of a 10-count federal indictment and shows no sign of resigning. 

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to federal charges of false tax returns and obstruction.

On Thursday morning, embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley called Democratic Governor Jay Inslee -- right around the time the U.S. Attorney’s office for Western Washington announced Kelley’s indictment.

In this 2012 file photo, Troy Kelley, the Democratic candidate for state auditor at the time, takes questions at a debate.
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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins and local attorney Bob Chadwell about the unfolding story of Washington state auditor Troy Kelley's indictment and what the legal ramifications could be.

A federal grand jury has indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on charges of filing false tax returns, making false statements, obstruction and theft.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is choosing to remain mostly silent about his legal troubles.

Troy Kelley, then a Washington state Representative (D-Tacoma), testifying in a deposition in 2010.
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Before Troy Kelley became the state official most responsible for sniffing out government fraud and waste, he was a state representative.

And like most legislators in Olympia, he had other work.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley said a federal grand jury inquiry into his past is a distraction, but he does not believe it compromises the work of his office.

Records released Wednesday show it wasn’t just a federal grand jury that sought records from the Washington State Auditor’s office last month.

In an all-staff email Friday, embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley seemed to suggest he’s not planning to step down or even take a leave of absence.

According to a spokeswoman with the Washington Military Department, an ongoing federal probe has not affected Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley’s status as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard.

Dehydrated alcohol is a subject of debate in Washington. Joni Balter says that it could become an "REI thing" for hikers who don't want to have to haul a beer in their pack.
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Should Washington state ban powdered alcohol? Should Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl go from hero to pariah? Is it time to leave Amanda Knox alone? And does your state auditor owe it to you to be more squeaky clean than any other official?

KUOW’s Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with former Republican state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner, Crosscut’s Knute Berger and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter.

An attorney who once sued Troy Kelley says the Washington State Auditor has known about a federal probe into his past for nearly two years.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was not in the office Wednesday. His staff say they don’t know when the Democrat will be back.

The federal probe involving Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley continues to expand.

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