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Thursday, April 19, 2012 - Page updated at 08:30 a.m.

2 accused of taking up to $200K from caregivers


The Associated Press

Two men are accused of embezzling up to $200,000 from a city caregiver program.

KOMO http://is.gd/blVDiO reports prosecutors have charged 38-year-old Gregory M. Townsend of Seattle with 23 counts of theft. Thirty-six-year-old Arthur D. Wheeler of Tukwila faces the same charges. Wheeler is accused of helping Townsend cash fraudulent checks.

A whistleblower's complaint prompted the investigation by the state auditor that uncovered the suspected wrongdoings.

According to the auditor's report, Townsend worked for a nonprofit agency contracted to run a program that provides aid to seniors caring for their grandchildren. The aid is given in various forms, including food, clothes, tutoring and up to $1,500 per year in cash.

Investigators accuse Townsend of funneling money to a fake client and spending agency dollars on personal expenses.

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Information from: KOMO-AM, http://www.komoradio.com/

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