Using Pierce County Jail money to gamble didn’t prove to be a lucrative business for a man who was supposed to deposit the cash at a bank, prosecutors said.
The 32-year-old is charged in Pierce County Superior Court with first-degree theft, and is scheduled to be arraigned March 31.
Court records did not list an attorney for him.
Charging papers give this account:
The guy called federal police Dec. 6 to say he worked for a business called Touch Pay, which handles cash transfers for government agencies. He was responsible for depositing cash belonging to the Pierce County Jail at the Bank of America.
He said he stole money from the jail, and went to two casinos instead of depositing it. The plan was to use winnings to pay his debt and replace the cash he took, but he lost the money he gambled.
Police found several bags with thousands of dollars in his car. One bag was empty, but had a receipt for $2,614.