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They gave Circle K employee cash for gas and groceries. Police say she pocketed $16,800

A crime both small and big businesses are victims of: embezzlement

Ever wonder what embezzlement is? This white collar crime is hurting businesses all over.
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Ever wonder what embezzlement is? This white collar crime is hurting businesses all over.

A Circle K employee is accused of pocketing $16,800 by voiding customers’ transactions and keeping the money for herself.

Samantha J. Beaver, 28, pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to first-degree theft.

Prosecutors allege the embezzlement happened in 2017 when Beaver worked at the convenience store on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick.

A manager discovered that Beaver had been keeping the cash paid by customers and canceling out those transactions, according to court documents.

Internal audits and investigation determined the $16,800 was stolen in small amounts.

Beaver admitted in late 2017 that “she had been struggling financially and ... she was stealing between $500-$800 a week,” documents said.

The Kennewick woman is out of custody on her personal recognizance while awaiting trial.

Kristin M. Kraemer covers the judicial system and crime issues for the Tri-City Herald. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years in Washington and California.
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