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State ferry official under investigation for ethics violations

Washington State Ferries Director of Operations Greg Faust

SEATTLE - A Washington State Ferries official is tangled up in an ethics investigation.

The State Executive Ethics Board staff found that Greg Faust, the ferry system's director of marine operations, may have improperly used state resources for his private benefit.

One complaint shows that Faust's wife used a travel pass to take free rides last year when she was not entitled to do so, according to ethics board documents.

He says he was unaware his wife wasn't eligible - and reimbursed the state $548.70 for the cost of the trips.

Another complaint says that Faust and two of his staffers took the day off to play golf at a tournament without submitting the proper leave, the documents say.

The two staffers told the Ethics Board staff that they believed the tournament was work-related as it provided an opportunity to network with representatives of the maritime and maritime training industries who would be in attendance.

Faust can request a hearing within a month and faces fines of up to $5,000 per violation.

The ferry system tells KOMO News it can't comment on the case while it's still in progress.

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