The bookkeeper for a Pasco excavation company is accused of using a business credit card to cover expenses, including veterinary bills and fair tickets, and failing to repay personal loans.
Diana L. Williams claims she took about $20,000 from Premier Excavation over two years, but company records put the theft closer to $45,000, according to Pasco police.
Williams, 45, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to first-degree theft. Her trial is set for Oct. 16.
The Kennewick woman no longer works for Premier Excavation. She was an employee when the manager reportedly noticed some unusual transactions on the company credit card and looked into the financial discrepancies.
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In addition to the fair tickets and the vet bill for Williams' cat, it was used to buy horse fencing, court documents said.
An investigation revealed that Williams, in her role as bookkeeper, was submitting payment for medical insurance for her whole family, even though the company only covers employees, documents said.
Premier Excavation also pays into an individual retirement account program for some employees, but Williams had opted not to participate. However, copies of her pay slips reportedly showed the company was putting 3 percent of her gross pay into an IRA.
Court documents claim Williams also took personal loans or draws and never returned the money to the company bank account, even though on paper she made it look like she had paid it back.
During an interview with police, Williams admitted using the credit card for personal use and that she'd doctored the books so it appeared she had paid back her loans, documents said.
She denied taking as much as $45,000 between 2010 and 2012.
Williams is out of custody on her personal recognizance.
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