Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Feb 9 2006

SEATTLE– The Attorney General’s Office Criminal Justice Division today filed charges of theft in the first degree (by deception) against a former state senator who purchased government rated airfares on Alaska Airlines while claiming he was still a state senator.

According to an investigation by the Washington State Patrol, from September 2003 through July 2005, Timothy Erwin purchased 36 government rated airfares, costing Alaska Airlines $14,366.99 in losses. Erwin served in the state Senate from 1990 to 1994.

According to the WSP investigation, Erwin on multiple occasions presented a business card indicating he was a senator as government identification for purchasing and using the tickets.

Alaska Airlines originally contacted Erwin about the flights in August 2005. He entered into a repayment plan with the company in November 2005.

The Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case at the request of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.


Contact: Janelle Guthrie, AG Media Relations Director, (360) 586-0725