Everett woman accused of embezzling $70,000

SNOHOMISH — The former bookkeeper for the American Legion Post 96 in Snohomish is accused of embezzling more than $70,000.

A forensic audit showed that the military veterans organization was missing thousands of dollars in its accounts. Prosecutors allege that Susan Edwards, 51, of Everett, is responsible for stealing the money.

Edwards was the post’s bookkeeper between October 2009 and September 2011, court papers said.

The missing money came to the attention of the command staff at the post in August 2011. They were advised that bills weren’t being paid on time and there were shortages in the general accounts, Snohomish County sheriff’s detective David Fontenot wrote in court papers.

An audit showed that checks were being written and cashed for larger amounts than what was recorded in the ledger. In one instance, Edwards reportedly cashed a $3,000 check but wrote in the books that the check was for $600, court papers said. There also was a large spike in money being taken from the “cash box.” That was the source used to pay people who won at pull tabs, a gambling game offered at the post. There was no record of actual payouts to account for the money taken from the cash box.

After her resignation, the payouts returned to the consistent range they were before Edwards was hired, court papers said.

The post’s command staff reportedly met with Edwards in September 2011, confronting her about the missing money.

She resigned and left the building without returning.

“Edwards never offered any explanation for the issues other than, ‘I don’t have a response for that,’” the detective wrote.

The post’s attorney asked Snohomish police to consider a criminal investigation. The police department requested that the organization conduct a forensic audit. The leaders hired a certified public accountant, with experience in audits used in criminal prosecutions.

The audit was finished in September 2012. It reportedly confirmed that Edwards embezzled $74,000 in the two years she was employed as the bookkeeper, court papers said.

Police contacted Edwards, who declined to speak with detectives unless she had an attorney. She is scheduled to be in Superior Court later this month to answer to the charge.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Former Monroe cop loses appeal on sex crimes conviction

Once a highly respected officer, he was found guilty of secretly videotaping his kids’ babysitter.

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is a suspect in the homicide of his roommate. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Young woman missing from Mukilteo found safe

She called her parents and told them she was at a museum in Seattle.

Camano Island man gets 18 years for role in drug ring

He was convicted of helping lead a drug distribution network in four Washington counties.

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

Lake Stevens man missing since beginning of January

Jason Michael Knox White hasn’t used his credit card or withdrawn money from his bank since then.

Navy to put filter in Coupeville’s contaminated water system

Chemicals from firefighting foam was found in the town’s drinking water.

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders apprentice Janette Alhanati (left) and journeyman Kurt Warwick construct wall panels for an upcoming boat project with Linblad Expedition Holdings. A federal grant from the Northwest Workforce Council will allow Nichols Brothers to add more apprentices to its workforce starting in January 2018.
Whidbey Island boatbuilder gets hiring boost

The grant from the Northwest Workforce Council will help expand the company’s apprenticeship program.

Video shows man suspected of attacking a woman in Edmonds

The man allegedly threw her on the ground, then ran away after the she began kicking and screaming.

Most Read