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Former Downtown Pasco Development Authority director will cover what he embezzled

Former Downtown Pasco Development Authority director will cover what he embezzled

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PASCO, WA - The former director of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority has agreed to pay $262,000 to cover the funds he embezzled from the agency.
 
 The restitution ordered was entered Tuesday for 37-year-old Michael Goins, who has already served his prison sentence in the theft case. He had been sentenced to a year in jail, but was released after about seven months.
 
 A state audit released found that Goins stole more than $143,000 from the Pasco organization. Auditors also identified about $30,000 in questionable expenditures and nearly $55,000 in penalties.
 
 Goins admitted to taking $90,000 as part of a plea agreement in April.
 
 He's accused of using the stolen funds to pay for personal groceries, electronics, child support and trips to New Jersey.
 
 Goins was fired in December.

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