SLO DA publishes waste management fraud investigation report


The San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office released its final report following a multi-year investigation of the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA). The 51-page report deals with allegations of misconduct and mismanagement at IWMA.

The prosecutor’s office filed charges against IWMA employee Carolyn Goodrich on August 3, 2021.

The DA report details other important findings regarding worrying practices and the lack of proper oversight. It also includes allegations that contracts were awarded without a competitive bidding process, that IWMA did not properly keep records, that credit card use policies were violated, and that the chief executive officer of IWMA, William Worrell, has exceeded his spending power, among other things.

In 2018, the IWMA Board of Directors placed Director Bill Worrell on administrative leave with pay while a further investigation into possible embezzlement is carried out. A private investigation revealed nearly $ 450,000 in undocumented expenses, among other inappropriate actions.

This investigation was carried out by the District Attorney’s Investigative Office and Deputy Prosecutors Michael Frye and Kenneth Jorgensen assigned to the District Attorney’s Special Prosecutions Division which includes the Public Integrity Unit.

Click here to read the full report.


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