The former treasurer of Clallam County, Washington, was recently found guilty of stealing between $617,467 and $793,595 from the Treasurer’s Office cash drawer over a period of six years, according to the Peninsula Daily News.
Catherine Betts was convicted of aggravated first-degree theft, money laundering, and 19 counts of filing false or fraudulent tax returns with the state Department of Revenue on behalf of the county.
Betts' embezzlement was discovered after a seven-month accounts payable audit by the state auditor, which found that she had altered and destroyed documents to hide her actions, in addition to creating fraudulent spreadsheets and exchanging real estate excise tax checks with money from the cash drawer, the news source reports.
The cashier admitted stealing one check and could not offer an explanation for large deposits made to her personal bank account.
Betts is due to be sentenced later this month and faces up to 21 years in prison, according to Assistant Attorney General Scott Marlow.
Last month, an AP audit found that the former finance director of Westmont, Illinois, had been operating a similar scheme to embezzle more than $45,000 of funds from the village, according to the Chicago Tribune.