Alleged Clearwood Embezzler Arrested on Theft Charges

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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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