Washougal woman who stole from Little League group to serve on work crew

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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A former president of the East County Little League convicted of embezzling about $11,000 was ordered Thursday to serve 30 days on a jail work crew.

Kimberly A. Dimes-Garner, 41, of Washougal pleaded guilty May 31 to first-degree theft. She stole about $11,000 from the league by writing checks to herself between 2009 and 2010.

Dimes-Garner told Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier on Thursday that she planned to serve her time on work crew on the weekends, so she can continue working to pay restitution. Since pleading guilty, she's paid $2,500 of the $11,000, said her attorney, Mary Gaffney.

"No one is more remorseful of her actions," Gaffney said.

Collier said her work crew service must be completed within the next five months.

According to court documents, Dimes-Garner, the league's president between 2008 and 2010, wrote 60 checks to herself from the league's checkbook, which were then deposited into her personal bank accounts.

The embezzlement occurred between September 2009 and October 2010.

The league was alerted to the missing money in spring 2010 when a new board of directors came in; a board member notified the Clark County Sheriff's Office in November 2010.

Court documents show Dimes-Garner incurred insufficient funds charges to her bank accounts on a regular basis and that she spent as much as $1,500 a month in excess of her legitimate monthly income.

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