Ex-Franklin County official charged with theft

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- The state attorney general's office has charged an ex-Franklin County official with theft, money laundering and possessing cocaine.

KONA reports the charges filed Friday against Dennis M. Huston accuse him of stealing $1.7 million from the county.

The 65-year-old is the former director of accounting and administration for the Public Works Department. Huston was fired and has been out of jail during the state investigation.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://is.gd/7F0Aqb ) court documents say he was suspected of embezzling $2.8 million through false invoices. It's unclear why the charge Friday is for less.

Huston is scheduled to be arraigned June 12 in Franklin County Superior Court.