Yesterday we posted an aggregated piece on ex-Evergreen State College instructor Jorge Gilbert, hit last May with the largest ethics fine in state history -- $120,000 - for allegedly mismanaging state funds and the study-abroad program to Chile he orchestrated for years at the school. Last week the Washington State Attorney General's Office convinced a judge to schedule a hearing for July regarding Gilbert's still unpaid fine.
Problem is, as multiple news outlets have reported, Gilbert is now nowhere to be found.
The job of recovering the largest ethics fine in Washington state history just got tougher. State officials have been unable to locate a former Evergreen State College professor who skipped out on his six-figure fine. Even though Jorge Gilbert's whereabouts are unknown, he managed to sell off his condominium in Olympia last week before the state could seize it.
On Thursday, four months after the payment deadline, and one day after Gilbert sold his condo for $130,000, the state took the first step toward forcing Gilbert to pay up. The attorney general's office got a judge to schedule a hearing on Gilbert's unpaid fine this July.
And finally ...
Last week's sale of Gilbert's condo puts a valuable asset out of the state's reach. The condo had been on the market for nearly two years. Real estate broker Tiffany Wallace with Van Dorm Realty handled the sale. But she says she's never met Gilbert. Their communication was all by e-mail. She expected a friend of Gilbert's to drop off the keys to the condo to complete the sale.