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Yakima County Employee Arrested On Charges Of Forgery and Theft

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 YAKIMA, WA.- A Yakima County Drug Court employee is accused of giving away voucher money to people who weren't in the drug court program.

Rene Padro works as a clerk for the Yakima County Drug Court. Recently, city officials noticed some money disappearing and being given to individuals not in the county rehabilitation program.

The County Drug Court helps individuals in the community get out of the "drug world" and reintegrate themselves in the community.

Padro's job was to issue vouchers to these individuals for them to use for basic needs like food and toiletries.

However, employees discovered that Padro was giving vouchers to people who aren't in the program.

They believe she gave out 54 vouchers worth close to eight thousand dollars in December and January.

“This was really caught within 6 or 7 weeks into this so I give praise to the people over at the Drug Court program especially in the financial section who happened to notice this,” Mike Russell, with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office told KNDO.

According to the sheriff's office these unauthorized vouchers were spent at K-Mart. 

Padro is currently facing charges of 54 counts of forgery and one count of first-degree theft.