Sheriff Knezovich requests audits into city, state agencies working with local homeless providers

SPOKANE, Wash. –Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s investigation into fraud allegations surrounding homeless funding is moving forward.

Knezovich sent a letter to the Washington State Auditor last week asking for audits of financing and communications regarding Camp Hope, along with Jewels Helpings Hands and the Guardians. 

He wants the audits to cover the time from December of last year when Camp Hope started forming as a protest outside city hall to the present time.

Those included in the audit include the City of Spokane, Washington Department of Transportation, Commerce and Licensing.

The Sheriff first talked about a fraud investigation in late September when he announced plans to clear Camp Hope, but refused to provide specifics about the allegations.

Meantime, the Guardians Foundation, which operates the Trent Ave Shelter, recently notified the city of Spokane about concerns with an employee’s handling of city-issued funds. Mayor Nadine Woodward called for an internal audit of invoices submitted to the City by the Guardians and payments made to the organization

READ: Homeless operator notifies city of possible mishandling of funds

READ: Spokane Sheriff releases statement on plans to clear Camp Hope