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Former Calif. assemblyman charged with bank fraud

Posted: September 17, 2012 8:00 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2012 8:00 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — FBI agents have arrested a former state assemblyman on charges he committed bank fraud while working for the Los Angeles County probation department.

Probation department chief Jerry Powers says Monday's arrest of 47-year-old Carl Washington marks the 39th employee arrest in nine months.

Powers says the department has raised hiring standards and expectations for employee conduct, and is asking the county for resources to investigate problem employees more quickly.

Washington is charged with three counts of bank fraud, among other charges, for allegedly getting credit cards and loans, spending substantial sums, then falsely reporting them stolen.

He then allegedly used police reports to wipe his credit reports of unpaid debts.

Washington, a Democrat, represented the 52nd district of inland San Diego from 1996 to 2002.

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