A manager at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Credential Center has been fired after investigations into alleged misappropriation of money in that office.
The Credential Center dispenses security badges to airport workers and also collects fines for security violations and lost badges. The manager was fired Aug. 22, according to airport spokesman Perry Cooper. She had been placed on unpaid administrative leave earlier this year.
The alleged misappropriation of money was discovered by the Port of Seattle, which operates the airport. The port notified the state Auditor’s Office in March, which investigated. In findings released Monday, the auditor’s report concluded that $116,629 from the Credential Center had been misappropriated between April 2007 and March 2014.
The auditor’s report “determined the Center’s manager was responsible for at least $89,024 of the cash misappropriation.”
Cooper said the dismissed employee had been manager of the Credential Center from May of 2011 and had been a supervisor since September 2008. In both of those positions, she was entrusted with cash derived from badge fines, Cooper said.
The Port of Seattle has filed a report with the Port of Seattle Police Department, according to the auditor’s report; the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has also been notified.
The Port of Seattle Police Department said in the audit report that it is “working closely with the State Auditor’s Office and King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office” to resolve the issues.
The Port of Seattle has since made several changes to avoid any future misappropriations. Cooper said the Credential Center no longer accepts cash or checks, and the port’s accounting office now has direct access to the center’s financial information.
Read the state’s audit findings here.