Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 Outbreak for Financial Gain through Procurement and Consumer Fraud (Seattle Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Tracking #

P057053-042120

Multi Request Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 Outbreak for Financial Gain through Procurement and Consumer Fraud
Est. Completion July 24, 2020
Status
Payment Required

Communications

From: Emma North-Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents, memos, emails, reports and other records describing exploitation by criminals of the COVID-19 the outbreak as well as records mentioning or generated as part of or as a result of Liaison Information Report (LIR) 200323006, titled "Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 Outbreak for Financial Gain through Procurement and Consumer Fraud."

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

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From: Seattle Police Department

At this time, the Seattle Police Department’s Legal Unit is operating under an extreme backlog of requests, staffing shortages, the redeployment of supporting units to SPD’s frontline COVID-19 response, and, pursuant to CDC recommendations and City direction, reassignment to remote access. For these reasons, our ability to process new requests is substantially limited; we are currently estimating minimum response timelines, depending on the volume and complexity of requests, in excess of 6-12 months. Current requests should likewise anticipate that it will take additional time to process records and respond. We apologize for any inconvenience, and deeply appreciate your understanding as we all pull together, in the face of this unprecedented, pandemic public crisis, to manage as best we can our business operations.

Dear Emma Best:

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Your request was received on April 21, 2020and the reference number is P057053-042120.

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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents, memos, emails, reports and other records describing exploitation by criminals of the COVID-19 the outbreak as well as records mentioning or generated as part of or as a result of Liaison Information Report (LIR) 200323006, titled "Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 Outbreak for Financial Gain through Procurement and Consumer Fraud."

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

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From: Seattle Police Department

04/21/2020

Emma Best
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request #: P057053-042120

Dear Emma Best,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request.

The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you a status update. Your request status is: Assigned.

If you have any questions, you may send messages using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.
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SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

From: Seattle Police Department

04/27/2020

Emma Best
requests@muckrock.com

RE:  Public Disclosure Request#: P057053-042120

Dear Emma Best,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request.


The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you a status update.  Your request status is:  Being Researched/Reviewed.

If you have any questions, you may send messages using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.


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This is an auto-generated email and has originated from an unmonitored email account. Please DO NOT REPLY.

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

From: Seattle Police Department

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04/27/2020

Emma Best
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P057053-042120

Dear Emma Best,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request received on April 21, 2020. At this time, the Seattle Police Department’s Legal Unit is operating under an extreme backlog of requests, staffing shortages, the redeployment of supporting units to SPD’s frontline COVID-19 response, and, pursuant to CDC recommendations and City direction, reassignment to remote access. For these reasons, our ability to process new requests is substantially limited; we are currently estimating minimum response timelines, depending on the volume and complexity of requests, in excess of 6-12 months. Current requests should likewise anticipate that it will take additional time to process records and respond. We apologize for any inconvenience, and deeply appreciate your understanding as we all pull together, in the face of this unprecedented, pandemic public crisis, to manage as best we can our business operations.
Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, this is notification that the Seattle Police Department has received your public disclosure records request and needs additional time to respond.
At this time, we anticipate having a response or a status update to you on or about 6/26/2020.
We are initiating the process of researching your request, collecting responsive records, and/or preparing records for dissemination.

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Larissa Malanca
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

Please add seattle@mycusthelp.net to your E-mail contacts/address book to ensure delivery of the record center E-mails to your Inbox. (mailto:seattle@mycusthelp.net)

From: Seattle Police Department

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06/30/2020

Emma Best
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P057053-042120

Dear Emma Best,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request received on April 21, 2020.
Dear Emma,
Due to staffing shortage and a very high volume of requests, additional time is needed to process your request. At this time, I estimate that your response will be ready on or about July 24, 2020. Please be advised, in light of recommendations and guidance provided concerning City operations in response to COVID-19, including taking steps towards more remote work, please understand that requests may incur an unanticipated delay in response. Thank you for your patience and let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Larissa Malanca

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Larissa Malanca
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.
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From: Seattle Police Department

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08/01/2020

Emma Best
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P057053-042120

Dear Emma Best,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request received on April 21, 2020.
Dear Emma,
SPD currently has over 2000 public disclosure requests with less than 10 people working on them. Due to this high volume of requests, staffing shortages, and remote reassignment due to Covid-19, requests may incur an unanticipated delay in response. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Your next installment is estimated to be ready on or about 08/07/20.

Lara Malanca

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Larissa Malanca
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.

From: Seattle Police Department

This email is in further response to your public disclosure records request P057053-042120. The Seattle Police Department has records ready to be released pending payment.

You have 30 days from today's date to pay for your records. If the City does not receive your payment within this time period, your request will be considered abandoned, and you will need to submit a new request.
SPD strongly encourages online payments during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To pay online, please follow these steps:

* Navigate to the Public Records Request Center.
* Select 'My Records Request Center'.
* Select 'View My Requests'. You may be asked to login.
* Find this request: P057053-042120.
* Select the 'View Invoices' button.

* Opens a pop-up window showing your invoice: INV20-P057053-1.
* Click on the invoice and then the 'Pay Now' button.
* Continue processing your payment.
* Select 'Done'.
* Once the payment process is done, you are returned to the Public Records Request Center.
* After your payment is successful you will receive an email from our payments center. After we receive your payment through the Police Records Request Center Secure Payments, the Public Disclosure Unit will release your records within one to two business days and send you a notice with instructions on how to download the records.
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From: Seattle Police Department

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08/12/2020

Emma Best
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P057053-042120

Dear Emma Best,

Dear Emma,
Your Installment 1 records have been released and are available on the Public Records Request Center to download. Installment 1 contains 58 emails responsive to your request. Please be advised: SPD ran an email search for 01/01/2020 - 04/22/2020 for keywords: "Liaison Information Report (LIR) 200323006" OR "Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 Outbreak for Financial Gain through Procurement and Consumer Fraud" OR "200323006". No results were found.
The emails being provided were located by doing a search for keywords: ("procurement" or "consumer fraud") and ("covid-19" or "coronavirus" or "outbreak"). SPD currently has over 2000 public disclosure requests with less than 10 people working on them. Due to this high volume of requests, staffing shortages, and remote reassignment due to Covid-19, requests may incur an unanticipated delay in response. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Your next installment is estimated to be ready on or about 10/23/2020.
To download your records, please:

* Navigate to the Public Records Request Center.
* Select 'My Records Request Center'.
* Select 'View My Requests'. You may be asked to login.
* Select this request: P057053-042120.
* Select the 'View Files' button.
* You can download records individually or all at the same time by clicking 'Download All'.
* Please save your records as you may only download them from the system three times. If you do not download your records within 30 days of request closure, the link to your records will expire.
Thank you,
Lara Malanca

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Larissa Malanca
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.
Please add seattle@mycusthelp.net to your E-mail contacts/address book to ensure delivery of the record center E-mails to your Inbox. (mailto:seattle@mycusthelp.net)

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From: Seattle Police Department

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08/12/2020

Emma Best
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P057053-042120

Dear Emma Best,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request received on April 21, 2020.
Dear Emma,
Your Installment 1 release email was just sent to you in error. SPD requires that the invoice be paid prior to release. Your records will be released upon receipt of payment.
Thank you,
Lara Malanca

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Larissa Malanca
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.
Please add seattle@mycusthelp.net to your E-mail contacts/address book to ensure delivery of the record center E-mails to your Inbox. (mailto:seattle@mycusthelp.net)

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