Pasco — The Washington state Attorney Generals Office has filed felony charges against a former Franklin County manager accusing him of stealing $1.7 million from the county.
Dennis M. Huston of Pasco was charged today in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree theft, money laundering and possessing cocaine.
State prosecutors say Huston fraudulently submitted invoices and payment requests for Critzer Equipment Co., then deposited the money into a company bank account between March 1990 and February 2012. Critzer Equipment of Spokane went out of business in 2001 but Huston is accused of using the company's name.
Huston told police officers he used the money to buy cocaine and to gamble at a local casino, according to court documents. Huston said he spent about $100 a day on cocaine, according to the documents.
Huston was the public works accounting and administrative director and is suspected of stealing more than $2.8 million through false invoices using the name of Spokane company Critzer Equipment, court documents stated. It's not clear why the criminal charges involve less.
Huston, 65, was fired but had been released from jail pending the state investigation.
Huston is scheduled to enter a plea in Franklin County Superior Court on June 12. Assistant Attorney General Scott Marlow will prosecute the case.
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