No resolution, but FBI takes over Sheriff's Office investigation

The probe of financial improprieties began in October 2009. No change has been reported in the case other than the shift to the federal level.


WALLA WALLA -- A two-year investigation into the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office remains unresolved, but a new lead agency has taken over.

The investigation began in October 2009 after then-Sheriff Mike Humphreys requested the Washington State Police and state Auditor's Office look into an allegation of financial improprieties.

Those agencies have been joined by the FBI. The federal agency joined the case earlier this year at the request of Sheriff John Turner, who took over the office in January.

Robert Calkins, WSP spokesman, said Wednesday there has been no change in the case "but it's in the hands of the FBI now. They're the lead (agency), so any developments would likely come on their end."

Frank Harrill, supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI's Spokane office, said the case is "still a very active investigation."

He also said the FBI was continuing to work with the WSP and state Auditor's Office on the probe.


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