- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - Bail has been set at $100,000 for the director of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority who admitted to embezzling an estimated $90,000 from the agency and stealing money from a former employer in New Jersey.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://goo.gl/ZxNUlN ) 36-year-old Michael Goins appeared in court Wednesday, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree theft. Prosecutors have until Friday to officially charge Goins.

Court documents say Goins worked at a retirement home in New Jersey before he was hired in Pasco in 2013.

Goins allegedly told police he used money from the Pasco nonprofit, which is partially funded with taxpayer dollars, to pay for personal expenses. The documents also say he confessed to stealing money from the retirement home, but it’s unclear how much was stolen.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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