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The Today File

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April 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

WSP: crime-lab manager under investigation

The State Patrol is investigating allegations that a WSP crime-lab manager in Eastern Washington mishandled case files, claiming to have completed laboratory case work that was not actually done.

WSP officials have found at least five cases in which it appears that the former manager of the agency’s crime lab in Cheney filed false information, according to WSP spokesman Robert Calkins.

The manager resigned after the allegations came to light in January.

Calkins said there is no indication that the mishandled information led to any wrongful convictions.   He also said the actions by the former manager “are violations of internal policies . . . we haven’t see anything to that that was obviously criminal.”

The lab in Cheney is one of several the agency operates across the state and typically works on cases that arise in Eastern Washington.  The labs serve numerous criminal-investigative agencies, including local police departments.

Calkins said it’s not clear what the manager had to gain from filing false reports.  If criminal activity is uncovered, the case will be referred to the agency’s criminal detectives, he said.

 

 

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