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FIRST ON KHQ.COM: County Auditor Closes Auto Licensing Service

SPOKANE, Wash. - A subcontracted licensing shop owned by Al and Michelle Paulsen has been shut down. The county repossessed a truckload full of computers, ledgers and documents from the shop, located at 5202 N. Market.
 
County Auditor Vicky Dalton says there have been irregularities in transactions, and that correct fees were not collected, and that verbal and written warnings have been issued before. She says this is a matter of consumer protection, and making sure that people seeking licenses are treated fairly - and equally - at all of the subcontractor locations.
 
The Spokane Police Department is also conducting a separate criminal investigation into title fraud at the office.
 
Dalton says in her 14 years as county auditor, she's only ever shut down one other subcontractor, and that this is rare. She adds, the Paulsen's no longer have a license, as it's been terminated for breach of contract. 
 
The owner, Al Paulsen, tells KHQ he wants proof of these alleged violations from the county. Paulsen says he believes his employees are honest people, and that he's not sure any violation actually occurred, but if it did, that it would have been in error.

*This story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter Kelsea Watts
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