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Mitzi Johanknecht

Sammamish woman arrested for embezzling funds from booster club


(Sammamish) a Sammamish woman was arrested today for embezzling more than $107,000 from the Skyline Booster Club where she served as treasurer. The arrest came after a yearlong investigation conducted by Sammamish Police detectives after they received a complaint from the booster club in February of 2015. (15-040971)


A 53 year old Sammamish woman was arrested this morning after a yearlong investigation revealed she embezzled funds from the Skyline Booster Club's account and fund raisers. Those funds were meant to benefit the 51 teams, clubs and councils at Skyline High School. 
Sammamish Police Department detectives became aware of the crime in February of 2015 when booster club board members reported funds missing from the non-profit account.  The board told police the woman had been the treasurer and sole signing authority for the accounts from 2008 until she abruptly resigned in January 2015 after the board members asked her for the accounts financial records.
Sammamish Detective William Albright led the investigation and obtained bank records for the non-profit account and a search warrant for the woman’s bank account.   The investigation revealed numerous checks written from 2009 to 2014 to the woman and her husband on the booster club’s account totaling more than $48,000.  Additionally, there were over $59,000 in cash deposits made into their account that were believed to be booster club funds.
In May 2015, while the investigation was on going, the woman wrote a check for $31,500 to reimburse the club, but it was well shy of the amount an accounting law firm, hired by the booster club, discovered was missing from the account.  The booster club estimated a loss of over $200,000. Detective Albright said that amount could be an accurate amount of cash from concessions sales and fund raisers that were embezzled, but he can only base his investigation on bank records.
The woman was booked into the King County Jail for Theft 1.  The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.