A judge refused Tuesday to lower bail for the executive director of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, saying there is a concern he may fail to appear for future court dates.
Michael A. Goins, 36, appeared in court wearing a jail-issued suicide smock.
His attorney, Daniel Stovern, asked for the $100,000 bail to be dropped completely or reduced to “something in the normal range of $10,000 or $5,000.”
He argued that Goins has no criminal history, has lived in the Tri-Cities for more than two years and “has some pretty extensive mental health needs.”
The $100,000 amount, set after his arrest last week, is “massively outside of the normal,” Stovern said.
Goins is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree theft for allegedly embezzling at least $90,000 from the nonprofit downtown organization.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant said the money is still missing and unaccounted for, and there is a significant risk that Goins may leave the area before the criminal case is resolved. He noted that Goins reportedly stole money from a retirement home in New Jersey, then left the state and was listed as a missing person.
Sant also said the Franklin County jail does provide mental health services, so Goins does not need to be out of custody to meet his treatment needs.
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