- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A woman is facing a theft charge after she was accused of taking $14,000 from a memorial fund.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports (https://bit.ly/2lus1Ci) the money was intended to benefit the families of 34-year-old Justin Luhr and 21-year-old Justin Honken.

The men and 21-year-old Caitlin Breeze died last year in a two-boat collision on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

An Oct. 8 fundraiser for the men’s families brought in almost $30,000.

Katie Rafter managed the finances for the event. She is accused of making deposits to her personal bank account and taking out cashier’s checks to pay a tanning salon owner.

Spokane County court documents say Rafter told detectives the money went toward paying off debts and buying a business.

Rafter is scheduled for arraignment Feb. 28.


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