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March 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Saturday Memo: Bertha to be stuck all summer … Pearl Jam embezzler sentenced … Bluegrass in Bellevue

Traffic: Expect delays in downtown Seattle this weekend as Highway 99 between Denny Way and South Spokane Street will close from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The closures allow crews to conduct a routine inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and, on Sunday, a charity race. Weather: In the 40s today. Windy,…

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February 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Man who embezzled more than $300K from Pearl Jam faces 14-month sentence

A judge today sentenced the former financial officer for Pearl Jam’s management company to 14 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 over three years. Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff, however, decided to hold off on finalizing the sentence for two weeks so defendant Rickey C. Goodrich could get his financial affairs in order. Rogoff said his primary concern is…

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February 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Former Seattle ATF supervisor pleads guilty to felony

James Contreras, a former supervisor in the Seattle office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has pleaded guilty to a single felony count of making a false statement in a plea deal that will see 30 other counts dismissed stemming from an investigation into allegations that Contreras embezzled from a fund for confidential…

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February 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Former city employee ordered to pay $500,000-plus in restitution

A former Seattle Public Utilities employee who embezzled $1.1 million from the utility was ordered today to repay more than $500,000 to the city’s insurance company to fully cover what he stole from taxpayers. Joseph Phan, 47, pleaded guilty last year to 67 counts of first-degree theft for depositing into his own personal account checks that had…

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January 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Ex-employee gets 7 1/2 years for stealing $1M from Seattle Public Utilities

A former Seattle Public Utilities engineer was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison this afternoon for stealing more than $1 million in one of the largest cases of public embezzlement in King County. Joseph Phan, 47, pleaded guilty in September to 67 counts of first-degree theft for depositing checks made out to the utility into his personal…

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December 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Former Seattle ATF supervisor pleads not guilty in embezzlement

A former supervisor in the Seattle office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pleaded not guilty this morning to charges of embezzling money from a fund for confidential informants and making false statements.

The one-time agent, James Contreras, 52, of Maple Valley, entered the plea through his attorney in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Contreras was indicted by a federal grand jury in Seattle last month on one count of embezzlement and 30 counts of making false statements. The indictment alleged he repeatedly took money from a cash account he supervised.

If convicted, Contreras could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on the embezzlement count and five years for each false-statement count.

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October 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Former Democratic campaign official pleads guilty to theft

Michael King, the former executive director of the state Senate Democratic Campaign Committee (SDCC) who was charged with embezzling at least $250,000 in campaign donations to fuel his alcohol and gambling problems, pleaded guilty this morning to four counts of first-degree theft and four counts of second-degree theft. King showed up in King County Superior Court for what…

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April 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Ex-Seattle schools official pleads guilty to 36 theft counts

Silas Potter Jr., the former Seattle Public Schools official accused of using his position to steal from the district, pleaded guilty this morning to 36 counts of theft for stealing funds from a district program designed to assist minority-owned businesses in receiving school district contracts. Potter pleaded guilty to 30 counts of first-degree theft and six…

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June 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Woman who bilked autistic patients sentenced to prison

A former employee of a residential center for the developmentally disabled in Bremerton was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 33 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the facility. For seven years, beginning in November 2003, Kristi Osborne, a fiscal analyst at Frances Haddon Morgan Center, stole funds paid by the state and federal…

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February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Lakewood cop accused of stealing from slain officers' fund

A Lakewood police officer who served as the treasurer of police union was arrested today on 10 federal felonies alleging he embezzled more than $120,000 from a fund intended for the families of the four Lakewood officers killed by Maurice Clemmons in 2009. Skeeter Manos, 34, of Dupont, was arrested at Lakewood City Hall and…

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