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

These little piggies stay home

Norman, who was spotted last week in Everett, is part of a trio kept as pets by the “pig whisperer.”

Leanne Smiciklas, the friendly lady who served customers of her husband’s Old School Barbeque from a schoolbus parked in front of the Reptile Zoo east of Monroe, has died at 64. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
Without her, beloved BBQ hotspot in Monroe can’t go on

Leanne Smiciklas, who ran the now-closed Old School BBQ along Highway 2 with her husband, died.

Woman, 47, found dead in Marysville jail cell

She’d been in custody about four days after being arrested on warrants, police said.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Mill Creek’s Donna Michelson ready to retire at year’s end

The city’s longest-serving council member says she has every intention of staying involved.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital accepting adolescent patients

The facility is the first mental heallth unit in the county to offer in-patient services for children.

Within an hour, 2 planes crash-land at Paine Field

One simply landed hard and went off the end of a runway. Another crash involved unextended landing gear.

Ian Terry / The Herald Westbound cars merge from Highway 204 and 20th Street Southeast onto the trestle during the morning commute on Thursday, March 30 in Lake Stevens. Photo taken on 03302017
Pay a toll on US 2 trestle? 10,000 say no on social media

A GOP lawmaker’s chart shows theoretical toll rates of up to $6.30 to cross the trestle one way.

Teen murder suspect captured — then escapes and is recaptured

The 16-year-old is one of at least three young suspects in the shooting death of an Everett woman.

Most Read