A man who stole $56,000 in cash while managing a Pasco grocery store was sentenced to one month in the county jail.
Steven D. Brooks, 57, was sentenced Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to first-degree theft from Yoke’s Fresh Market.
The West Richland man faced up to three months behind bars, however he had no known felony history.
Judge Robert Swisher said Brooks can do the time on work release if he has a job and meets all requirements for the program, which would allow him to be released daily for his work shift.
Brooks must report to the jail by May 12.
The embezzlement was discovered last summer when the store conducted a financial audit, which showed the $56,000 discrepancy in the amount of money taken in by the company and what it was supposed to show on the record books.
Brooks, as store manager, had exclusive control over the business cash from the time checkers turned it in until the time it was deposited in the safe. That is the step in the process where the cash went missing, according to the audit findings.
Brooks admitted that when checkers gave him the cash and statements, he would remove the cash from the totals to keep for himself. He then manipulated the records to reflect the amount actually deposited into the safe, minus the cash, court documents said.
The former manager also removed cash from inside the ATM in the store.
Brooks claimed he took about $82,000 to $84,000 from Yoke’s over three years.
Documents show that he used his annual bonus each year to pay back the difference, but had yet to cover the outstanding $56,000 amount.