SEATTLE – A federal grand jury has returned a new indictment against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, adding charges of money laundering and tax evasion to the long list of charges he already faces.
Kelley, a Democrat elected in 2012, has been on a leave of absence as he fights charges first brought in April, alleging he stole money from clients of his former business, a real estate services firm. The new charges cover actions Kelley allegedly took from 2011 to this year, while he was in office, and say that Kelley laundered money by withdrawing $245,000 annually from the pool of ill-gotten gains.
In the new indictment prosecutors also dropped one charge — an allegation that Kelley attempted to obstruct a civil lawsuit.
Kelley's attorney, Angelo Calfo, said Thursday afternoon that his client will plead not guilty.