Sequim embezzler gets jail time, home monitoring

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SEQUIM — A former real estate company bookkeeper who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $18,000 from her employer was sentenced last week to 90 days in jail with 45 days converted to electronic home monitoring.

Marie L. Barnett, 40, of Sequim pleaded guilty in Clallam County Superior Court to first-degree felony theft.

She agreed to pay $18,235 in restitution to her former employer, the Sequim branch of JACE The Real Estate Co.

She also agreed to pay $1,300 in attorney fees and other court costs, and $1,914 to State Farm for insurance claims.

Barnett, who worked at JACE from July 2012 through May 2013, wrote 19 business checks, signing company owner Eileen Schmitz’s name without permission or authorization, according to the Sequim Police Department’s arrest report.

Barnett also wrote four checks for her personal rent at property managed by JACE.

She was sentenced by Judge Erik Rohrer.

Last modified: November 12. 2013 5:12PM
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