A clothing store employee at the Columbia Center mall pleaded innocent to charges she embezzled more than $4,233 in one month.
Karina Rubi Sanchez, 21, faces trial June 11 on one count of second-degree theft.
Prosecutors allege that while working at Buckle between July 13 and Aug. 2, Sanchez made multiple fraudulent returns for merchandise that didn't exist. Sanchez then removed cash from the register in the amount of the fraudulent return, court documents said.
Store security reportedly captured the incidents. Police were notified once the alleged theft was discovered.
Kennewick Officer Josh Sullivan responded to the store and met with Sanchez and the store's manager and assistant manager.
Sanchez admitted to stealing cash for the past month, but said she thought it didn't exceed $1,500, documents said.