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,…More
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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…More
A former employee of Pearl Jam’s management company has pleaded guilty to six counts of theft for embezzling more than $300,000 from the rock band.
Rickey Goodrich, 55, pleaded guilty Thursday to six counts of first-degree theft for using company accounts to pay personal debts and fund lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Goodrich has paid back $125,000 and has agreed to pay another $181,000 in restitution before his sentencing Feb. 21, according to the prosecutor’s office. As part of the plea agreement, if the balance of restitution is paid before sentencing, the state will recommend a six-month jail sentence. If the balance is not paid before sentencing, the state will recommend a 14-month sentence in addition to the requirement that Goodrich pay back the remaining financial obligations, the prosecutor’s office said.
Goodrich was hired by Pearl Jam Touring Co. in 2005; the next year he was named chief financial officer for Curtis Inc., the management company owned by the band’s manager, Kelly Curtis, court papers say. As part of his plea deal, Goodrich, who lives in Novato, Calif., is not to have any contact with Curtis, his wife or the members of Pearl Jam.
According to the charges, Goodrich used funds from Curtis Inc. to repeatedly make payments on his wife’s American Express account and to pay for credit-card charges he racked up at wineries, hotels and spas. He also made a number of unauthorized wire transfers and spent $5,765 on a personal life-insurance policy, the documents say. Unauthorized charges on a company credit card were made by Goodrich to a number of businesses, including Amazon.com, iTunes, hotels and restaurants, and to purchase airplane tickets for himself and family members, according to charging papers.More
Today’s arraignment for the former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam’s management company, who is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the band, has been postponed, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Rickey Goodrich, who is charged with 25 counts of first-degree theft and and eight counts of second-degree theft, will now be arraigned on…More
Weather: COLD. Did you have to scrape ice off your windows this morning? Mighty foggy, too. Some folks reporting icy streets, so watch out driving into work. The good news: It’s expected to be sunny later in the day. Cloudy tomorrow and rain likely late on Wednesday and Thursday. Did we mention it’s getting close…More