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Emilee Lennartz-Hassanain, a Yakima County Clerk's Office employee, right, appears in Yakima County Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Yakima, Wash.

Yakima, Wash. — A Yakima County clerk’s employee accused of stealing public funds could go on trial as soon as February.

During a Thursday hearing, Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson set a Feb. 10 trial date for Emilee Lennartz-Hassanin. She is charged with five counts of misappropriating funds and falsification of records, and three counts of second-degree theft after the state Auditor’s Office investigated reports of missing money in the clerk’s office.

Robin Emmans, Lennartz-Hassanin’s attorney, said she needed additional time to obtain and review evidence in the case, including emails regarding office policies under then-Clerk Janelle Riddle.

Lennartz-Hassanin, 33, was the financial supervisor for the clerk’s office. Riddle reported in December 2017 that public money may have been lost from the office.

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Auditors found that $13,029 was missing from the office, with some of it traced to Lennartz-Hassanin, according to the auditor’s report. Three deposits that Lennartz-Hassanin either reconciled and deposited, or was involved with were short $2,760, the report said.

She also was accused of making $839 in inappropriate adjustments to the cash receipt system and issuing $464 in refunds that should not have been granted, the report said.

She is free on her own recognizance. 

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