Whitcom 911 Guild treasurer suspected of embezzling funds

PULLMAN, Wash. - A Whitcom 911 dispatcher is suspected of embezzling more than $12,000 from a fund for her labor guild's bank account.

Investigators from the Washington State Patrol think that individual used her position as the treasurer of the Whitcom 911 Guild to embezzle funds from the labor group's bank account.

In August, while that dispatcher was on vacation, guild president William Brincken discovered unauthorized cash payments and withdrawals which had no legitimate explanation.

Brincken then learned the Guild's accounts at the Washington State Employees Credit Union held much lower balances than he expected. Money in the accounts come from dues paid by the Guild membership.

The treasurer works as a dispatcher for Whitcom, a consolidated 911 dispatch center for Pullman, WSU, Whitman County and Moscow, Idaho.

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins wanted an outside agency to investigate the theft and asked the state patrol to assign one of its detectives.

WSP Sergeant Dave Bolton learned from the credit union that the woman had been writing herself checks and making cash withdrawals, and had labeled some of the expenditures as travel, training, holiday parties and donations to guild families.

When confronted by Brincken, she explained that she was paying off some large bills from the Guild's attorneys in cash, however the lawyers are always paid by check.

Brincken also thinks the woman forged his name on checks that required his signature.

The woman is now on paid administrative leave.