Clearwood Controversy

Clearwood sits near the city of Yelm on Bald Hill Road and is home to hundreds of residents.

Dolanna K. Burnett, the former Clearwood Community Association bookkeeper who allegedly embezzled as much as $400,000 over four years starting in 2014, was booked into Thurston County jail on Monday, March 2, on a felony theft charge.

According to court records, Burnett was due to have her first appearance in superior court at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning press deadline, Burnett was being held with no bail on on a charge of first-degree theft.

A theft offense is classified as first degree if the value of the property stolen exceeds $5,000, according to state law. The Class B felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The Clearwood Community Association, a homeowners association in the Bald Hills area, has alleged that Burnett wrote multiple checks and transferred funds to herself during her years as a contracted bookkeeper with the organization.

She has been previously found guilty of theft and forgery while she worked at the Tacoma Health Department.

The Clearwater Community Association has been undergoing a forensic audit to determine exactly how much money was stolen.

Look for updates to this story at yelmonline.com and in next week’s edition of Nisqually Valley News.

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