Auditor: Grant PUD security worker left with $13,000 in tactical gear

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EPHRATA — A former employee at the Grant County PUD may face charges after allegedly taking home tactical equipment that belonged to the district.

The Washington State Auditor’s Office says a former security supervisor, who left the PUD in 2018, took with him a ballistic helmet, targeting laser and night vision goggles. He turned the gear over to Ephrata police last year after an investigation began. The equipment was valued at $13,787.

The state auditor says the Grant PUD failed to complete its inventory process for two consecutive years, which might have uncovered the loss. “In addition, the District had no formal process to confirm that assets issued to Security Department employees were properly returned prior to leaving employment,” the office wrote in its fraud investigation report.

The case was turned over to the Grant County Prosecuting Attorney for review. No charges have yet been filed.