Bothell woman sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement

About 306 fraudulent checks cashed totaling $400,526.

Erin McCauley (also known as Erin Charles) was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of supervised release for a five-year scheme of cashing 306 fraudulent checks totaling $400,526, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The sentence was given on June 28, after the Bothell woman was found guilty of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for cashing the checks that drew on the bank accounts of her Lynnwood property management employer.

The company managed a number of commercial properties and was owned by a couple who hired McCauley in 2004 to help with bookkeeping. In 2012, McCauley began writing large checks to herself and forging the owners’ signatures.

“She stole a significant amount of money from a small company and it greatly impacted that business,” Chief U.S. District judge Ricardo S. Martinez said at sentencing, according to a press release.

McCauley had earned her employers’ trust, as the couple entered their 60s and 70s, and they gave McCauley gifts and helped with her car and house payments. In 2017, the couple loaned her $8,000 for home repairs — a loan that was repaid with some of the $400,000 that was stolen from their own accounts.

When the couple became aware of the theft, they worked with the FBI to see if McCauley would admit the embezzlement. McCauley underestimated the amount of money she had embezzled, and acknowledged much of the money had gone to feed her gambling addiction.

“[McCauley] wanted money that she did not have in order to live a lifestyle should could not afford, “ prosecutors wrote to the court. “To do so, she took advantage of her position as the trusted office manager and bookkeeper for the [couple] and used their business accounts as her personal piggybank to fund the lifestyle she wanted to live.”

More in News

King County jail lost water 16 times since 2018

The building has been plagued with water failures stemming from Aquatherm pipes.

Burke Gilman Trail repair at Wayne Golf Course through July 26

Trail users should expect traffic control and occasional short delays as during the construction period.

CNBC ranks UW Bothell No. 2 on list of public colleges that ‘pay off the most’

CNBC Make It has ranked UW Bothell No. 2 on list of colleges that provide the greatest return on investment.

Low Income Housing Institute’s 57-unit August Wilson Place apartments in downtown Bellevue includes affordable housing units for households at 30, 50 and 60 percent of the area median income. Photo courtesy of Low Income Housing Institute
Economic growth continues for King County

Warning signs on horizon as housing and rent prices cool down compared to previous years.

Bothell’s fire station renovation project approved by state

City has received state approval for an alternative method to renovate two fire stations.

King County Correctional Facility is located at 500 5th Ave., Seattle. File photo
King County jail’s leaky pipes have national implications

Lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court alleges Aquatherm has been selling faulty pipes.

Bothell High School is set to intake many more students with the new boundary adjustments. Madeline Coats/staff photo
Student growth projections will alter Northshore School District boundaries

Upcoming boundary adjustments for students in Northshore School District for the upcoming school year.

File photo
New measles case had possible public exposure in Kenmore

A Seattle Children’s Hospital nurse is the latest diagnosed bringing this year’s case count up to 11 residents and two non-resident in King County.

VoteWA is a $9.5 million program that came online last May and is meant to unify all 39 county voting systems in the state into a single entity. Courtesy image
WA’s new voting system concerns county elections officials

VoteWA has run into some problems in recent months as the Aug. 6 primary election draws closer.

Most Read