A director of a Tri-City nonprofit is accused of selling raffle tickets after the corporation's status expired and pocketing more than $900 in proceeds.
Holly Harris, 35, pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to second-degree theft and second-degree professional gambling.
Her lawyer, Sal Mendoza Jr., objected to the timeliness of her arraignment because the allegations stem from 2009 and 2010.
Trial is set for June 4.
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Court documents show that Harris was in charge of selling 50/50 raffle tickets for Sparetime Junior Boosters between Sept. 1, 2009, and Aug. 8, 2010.
Harris was one of three directors for the corporation, which registered as a nonprofit April 7, 2009, according to the Washington Secretary of State website.
That status expired a year later on April 30, 2010, and Sparetime Junior Boosters became inactive Aug. 2, 2010, the site said.
Prosecutors in court documents pointed out that Harris was selling tickets when they no longer were licensed as a nonprofit and without a license to conduct gambling.
"The gross amount of 50/50 raffle proceeds was $12,888," documents said.
Money raised between March 17 and April 29, 2010, totaled $914.19. It was given to Harris to deposit into the Sparetime Junior Boosters account, but she allegedly never did that.
Clothing store clerk pleads innocent to embezzlement
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 itdidn't exceed $1,500, documents said.