Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson


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