Former L&I employee charged with theft

Lisa Brennan allegedly used state credit card for ‘personal gain’

jpawloski@theolympian.comMay 6, 2013 

A former administrative assistant for the state Department of Labor & Industries is charged with second-degree theft for allegedly misusing a state credit card assigned to the legal services division and running up more than $1,100 in purchases for personal use.

Court documents show the former state employee, Lisa Brennan, 41, has admitted to using the L&I credit card “for personal gain,” to purchase gift cards from August 2009 to February 2010.

She had control over the credit card because it was part of her job to purchase office supplies using the card.

Brennan, who lists a Johnson Point Road address, will be summoned to Thurston County Superior Court for arraignment on one count of second-degree theft on May 14.

L&I’s legal services program manager discovered questionable purchases on the credit card in June 2010. When Brennan was confronted, she “began to cry and said she was suffering from depression which she was getting treatment for.”

An L&I spokeswoman confirmed Friday that Brennan was terminated in June 2010. Brennan was charged with the second-degree theft charge on April 26.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Lt. Shane Nelson said Friday that it can take a long time to complete a fraud investigation and that even after it is completed, prosecutors may have heavy caseloads that can delay the filing of a criminal charge.

The statute of limitations for the crime is 10 years.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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