Thank you for contacting Just Answer. I am a WA State licensed attorney working at Just Answer under a pseudonym. I'm in Pierce County.
Answer: Let's call your girlfriend Pam. If Pam is an at will employee, no contract and no union, the employer can fire her at any time, with no reason and no notice. If she has a contract, the contract will dictate reasons for termination, usually all in favor of the employer, not the employee. In theory, and only in theory, Pam would be protected from retaliation if she reported a crime/violation of public policy to the authorities. In reality, however, she'd probably get fired, and then have to sue - expensive. So, she's sort of between a rock and hard spot.
Pam needs to question her motive for reporting this. It's the right thing to do. If the transfer of funds could ever reflect on her, and make it look like she's part of a conspiracy, then she really MUST report it, to protect herself (or quit).
That all said, one place to contact is the FBI or IRS, if the building has a FEDERAL tax lien against it. (If it were me, I'd contact the FBI at their Seattle office, or through fbi.gov. That's only because contacting the IRS can be a major nightmare, and I don't know if they can guarantee anonymity the way the FBI may be able to.
If this is a state lien, let me know more - is it a county property tax lien? Then contact the county. Is it a business tax lien - then county the Dept of Revenue's main office, in Olympia, and talk with someone up the food chain, not a clerk.
With whomever Pam talks, she should say she wants to report what appears to be illegal reporting/transfer of income. She should ask for immunity right up front, in case someone decides to charge her, too. In other words, she should first obtain a guarantee of immunity, if possible, before providing the information - a trade, as it were.
In addition, for her own protection, Pam should sit down and write a chronology up, starting with the date she first heard of the job. The next entry is the date of her job interview. Then a chronology of when she found out, how, when, why, what, etc.
She should then sign and date the chronology, and put it away. This may be helpful to an investigating state or federal agency. Whatever she does, she should NOT tell the employer she's "on to them" or make any threats to them whatever.
Pam should also look for a new job. Even if nothing illegal is going on, it sounds like the property she is managing is headed for bankruptcy. That means she may never see her last paycheck or two, or ever get any earned leave, etc.
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