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August 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

No jail time for man, 76, who stole $400,000 from water association

A man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $400,000 from a private water association will not face jail time.

The Everett Herald reports that 76-year-old Jesse Orvic Rowe was convicted of felony first-degree theft this year. He completed 240 hours of community service in lieu of a 30-day jail sentence, and agreed to pay the water association $300,000.

Prosecutors had recommended a year in prison, saying it was a major economic offense and involved the abuse of a position of trust.

Court documents say Rowe ran the Roosevelt Water Association for 25 years. He used water-association money to pay his credit card bills, and for gardening supplies, car repairs, gasoline and utility bills.

Records show Rowe completed the community-service hours at Boy Scouts of America camps, where be built platforms and railings and helped design, build and install bunk beds.

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