Dolanna K. Burnett

Dolanna K. Burnett, left, appears at her first Thurston County Superior Court hearing Tuesday afternoon.

The Thurston County’s Prosecutor’s Office will delay a charging decision in the case of a former Clearwood Community Association bookkeeper arrested earlier this week for felony first-degree theft.

In an email on Thursday, deputy prosecuting attorney Lindsey Trakel said the county is deferring its charge to a later date and won’t arraign Dolanna Burnett, the former bookkeeper, after she made an initial appearance in Thurston County Superior Court Tuesday.

“While there was probable cause for Ms. Burnett’s arrest, our office will be seeking additional investigation in order to make an accurate and complete charging decision in this case,” Trakel wrote.

Burnett was booked into Thurston County Jail on Monday, March 2, on a probable cause affidavit. She spent the night in jail and had her first court appearance on Tuesday.

She was found by Superior Court Commissioner Rebekah Zinn to be a low risk for flight and was released shortly after her appearance. The state recommended she be held on $10,000 bail.

Clearwood Community Association, a homeowners association in the Bald Hills area, has previously claimed that Burnett wrote multiple checks and transferred funds to herself between 2014 and 2018 as a contracted bookkeeper with the organization.

The homeowners association is currently undertaking an independent forensic audit on the case, and a preliminary report was provided to the prosecuting attorney’s office.

Clearwood has alleged Burnett embezzled up to around $400,000 over four years.

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