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P.U.D. Continues to do Nothing about Cover-up

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 This fraudulent activity was first brought to the attention of the commissioners on February 5, 2013. Yet, to date, the commissioners have taken no action to investigate and answer any questions. Mr. Miller, PUD #2 Manager and the commissioners actively denied at first any knowledge, and then invented a fraudulent story of an “insurance deduction” which the PUD#2 paid for. This in fact is a lie.


7/31/03 Jason Dunsmoor, PUD #2 Chief Engineer, ordered a lift truck from United Rentals to be delivered to 590 Henkle St, Raymond. The lift truck was delivered on 8/4/03, rental invoice #3486031-400, rental out receipt, shows PUD #2 as the rental customer, and insurance coverage was rejected. The lift was transported to Dunsmoor’s private property, where it was used until 8/11/13, placing 25.9 hrs on machine. 8/11/13, the PUD #2 equipment and personnel in the process of removing the lift, flipped the machine over, causing major damage. Accident reports were prepared and sent to PUD #2 insurance co, #03-21. Insurance co. establishes claim # 2425-001. The lift was returned to United Rental on 8/12/03, invoice notes damages pending. Invoice for rental is $1,147.64. PUD #2 paid the invoice on 8/25/03. I contacted United Rentals and inquired about the amount of damages and person(s) or organization making payment. They reported this claim is Risk # 03L1722, but they would not release the details until PUD #2 authorizes. On April 2, 2013 a Freedom of Information request was made to Mr. Douglas Miller, requesting that this information be obtained. Mr. Miller answered that the $1,147.64 was the insurance deductible. The PUD #2 Insurance co. as of 4/2/13 has received no claim for damages.

This is a lie and a cover-up for an employee defrauding the PUD #2 by ordering and using this equipment for his private use, and billing to the PUD #2. The amount does not include the lost labor of PUD #2 employees hauling the equipment from his property, recovering the damaged equipment, and delivering to United Rentals.

I’m sickened to see the commissioners at their meetings act impendent, they are nothing more than a rubber stamp, and we pay them over $40,000 per year.

The commissioners are elected to protect our interests, not their own. Hard questions require courage to ask, and doing their due diligence.


Ron Craig

South Bend, Wash.


Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on 5/10/13. If you would like to respond to this story go to

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