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Housing agency files lawsuit against former worker

August 31, 2019

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An affordable housing agency has filed a lawsuit against a former employee, contending the worker diverted public funds for personal use.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports the Pierce County Housing Authority filed the lawsuit against former finance director Cova Campbell and her husband Mark Campbell on Wednesday, seeking to recoup the allegedly missing money and asking a judge to prevent the couple from selling any assets until the lawsuit is concluded.

The Campbells could not be reached for comment, and it wasn’t immediately clear if they had obtained an attorney.

Housing Authority executive director Charlie Gray said the alleged theft was discovered as part of a routine state audit. Campbell was fired on Aug. 8, according to the lawsuit.

The Housing Authority has an annual budget of $32 million made up of state, federal and private funds, which it uses to help more than 4,000 people a year.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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