Not a 'better man,' ex-CFO pleads guilty to stealing from Pearl Jam

SEATTLE -- The former Chief Financial Officer of Pearl Jam's management company pleaded guilty Thursday to six counts of theft for embezzling more than $300,000 from the popular rock band, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.

According to charges, Rickey Goodrich, 55, used company accounts to pay personal debts and band credit cards to buy vacations and wine while working for Curtis, Inc. between 2007 and 2010.

The thefts ended up costing Pearl Jam more than half a million dollars, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, Goodrich has already paid back $125,000 and has agreed to pay another $181,000 in restitution.

If he pays that outstanding $181,000 before his sentencing in February, the state will recommend six months in jail. If he doesn't, the state will recommend 14 months in jail, plus the repayment of the money he owes.