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State audit finds more money was embezzled than originally thought

State audit finds more money was embezzled than originally thought

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PASCO, WA - A state audit has found that the former director of the Downton Pasco Development Authority who admitted to embezzling took $53,000 more than investigators initially thought.
    
 According to the audit, which was released Monday, Michael Goins took more than $143,200 for his personal use between August 2013 and last November. Goins admitted to taking $90,000 as part of a plea agreement in April.
    

 Though the final amount he was found to have stolen is more than what he admitted to, it is well below the $250,000 threshold needed to bring Goins back to court for additional charges, as set by a judge.
    
 Goins was released from prison July 21 after service his one-year term for first-degree theft with aggravating factors. He was credited for time served.
 

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