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Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Embezzler Goes Down

posted by on July 10 at 15:23 PM

Seattle Times reports that the woman who kicked the Bellevue Arts Museum when it was downóby stealing $300,000 from it not long after it struggled back onto its feet in 2005 after having been shut down and left for deadóis going to prison.

Janet Ellinger was CFO of the museum (you might want to update your LinkedIn, Janet; or maybe not) when she stole the money. Today she was sentenced to 22 months.

Asked where the money went, her lawyer told the judge it went to pay for her son’s tuition, for home improvements, and, oh, that Ellinger “spent some of the money on herself.”

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she went to mills, what do you expect?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 10, 2008 3:49 PM

22 months for $300 grand? Let's see .... that's $13636.36 per month. Apparently, crime pays pretty well, unless of course it's a drug charge.

Will she have to give her son's tuition back? Will she have to pay reperations? Will she have to sell her house? What happens next?

Posted by TacomaRoma | July 10, 2008 3:53 PM

They should make her serve her sentence in a cage on the museum floor, with a bucket and a cup.

Posted by Fnarf | July 10, 2008 3:58 PM

It'd be hard to believe that there isn't any financial restitution.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 10, 2008 3:58 PM

Reminds me of this former boss of mine (third item down) - couldn't make payroll, wasn't making SS or FICA payments for a few months, while busily trying to defraud BoA out of millions so she could buy a nice house on Mercer Island:

Posted by scrood | July 10, 2008 4:19 PM

Guys, click on the link: she has to pay $334,949 in restitution.

Posted by Jen Graves | July 10, 2008 5:08 PM
Posted by mike | July 10, 2008 5:30 PM

@3 -- Hmmm, I can't decide if that sounds more like the clink or Lawrimore...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 10, 2008 7:57 PM

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