An employee of a Pasco staffing company faces a March 9 trial on allegations he used a business credit card to shop for personal items at Costco in Kennewick.
Edigar Morales, 41, pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to second-degree theft.
The charge includes the aggravating circumstance allegation that he used his position of trust to commit the crime.
The Hermiston man was employed by Atkinson Staffing, a company that helps find temporary workers for agricultural and industrial jobs.
Jonette Atkinson told Kennewick police that Morales had worked for the company between February 2012 and February 2014, and had been given a business credit card to use for purchasing items for Atkinson Staffing, court documents said.
However, an audit of the purchases showed Morales used the card to charge up $2,306 in items for himself, documents said.
Morales also allegedly made unauthorized purchases in Umatilla County, and was questioned about the card activity in August by a Hermiston police detective.
Morales reportedly admitted buying personal goods like fabric softener, groceries, socks and underwear.