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Yakima County Clerk's Office financial supervisor facing theft charges

Yakima County Clerk's Office financial supervisor facing theft charges

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - A financial supervisor in the Yakima County Clerk's Office accused of embezzling money is now facing charges.

The Yakima County Prosecutor's Office is charging 32-year-old Emilee Lennartz-Hassanin with three counts of theft and five counts of misappropriation because they say she pocketed almost $4,000 during 2017 and 2018 while she was a financial supervisor in the county clerk's office.

This comes after a state audit that showed a mishandling of money in the clerk's office.

The report stated cash deposits were short and some refunded when they should not have been.

The audit reports it happened on days when Lennartz-Hassanin was the only one with access to the cash.

Prosecutors said the missing money totaled $3,599.

Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said they are charging Lennartz-Hassnin for stealing from taxpayers.

"It's very important for the public to know that we want to protect taxpayer money and the money that they provide to us for us to run as county government," Brusic said. "Whenever there is any allegation of theft involving taxpayer money we take it extremely seriously."

Lennartz-Hassnin was summoned for an arraignment on February 8. The misappropriation charges she is facing are class B felonies with a maximum penalty of 15 years and/or a $20,000 fine.

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