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Feds: Water Dist. employee faked kids’ timecards, stole $350K

LAKE FOREST PARK, Wash. -- A former Lake Forest Park Water District employee is facing up to two decades in prison for allegedly embezzling more than $350,000 from 2004 to 2011.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 40-year-old Jackee Bormann-Zweekhorst used her time as office manager for the Water District to fake timecards to pay her children for work they never did, netting her more than $100,000.

She also used the Water District credit card to pay for her child's college tuition, boat and hot-tub equipment, fishing gear and other personal items totaling more than $90,000, according to the indictment.

Finally, Bormann-Zweekhorst allegedly had the Water District pay for items she bought with her own card, claiming they were work expenses, and also submitted receipts to the Water District for items she never bought.

She is now facing up to 15 counts of wire fraud punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Lake Forest Park Water District put Bormann-Zweekhorst on unpaid leave in February of 2011, and she was officially terminated in February of this year.
According to a statement from the Water District, it has since put procedures in place to ensure this kind of thing doesn't happen again.

Bormann-Zweekhorst is being arraigned Friday afternoon.