Woman gets 12 years for Clallam Co. embezzlement

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- A former cashier in the Clallam County treasurer's office has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for embezzling as much as $794,000 from tax proceeds.

The Peninsula Daily news reports (http://bit.ly/qqNhF4 ) that Catherine A. Betts maintained her silence about the crime in court Wednesday, when Superior Court Judge S. Brooke Taylor told her she'd been motivated by "world-class greed."

A jury found her guilty last month of 27 of stealing between $617,000 and and $794,000 from June 2003 to May 2009.

Her public defender said he would immediately appeal the sentence.

Betts appeared in court in a wheelchair. Her attorney had asked for a 90-day sentence, saying she suffers from diabetes, breast cancer and nerve damage in her leg.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com