A Kennewick woman charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from a baseball organization and a school booster club is set for trial Dec. 1.
Sonja D. Stites-Molnaa pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court in the two separate cases.
The 48-year-old mother faces one count each of first- and second-degree theft, both including the aggravating circumstance that it was a major economic offense.
Prosecutors allege Stites-Molnaa was the volunteer treasurer for Kennewick American Legion Baseball when she made $10,428 in unauthorized withdrawals from the organization's main account. The theft reportedly occurred between September 2011 and April 2014.
Additionally, Stites-Molnaa failed to deposit any money from concession sales into a separate account in 2012, court documents said. However, she repeatedly told the board that the balance was $1,000 when it actually was $13.37, documents said.
Some of the missing money went to payments for her Benton PUD utility bill and personal cellphone, along with casinos and retailers in Las Vegas, documents said.
Stites-Molnaa also was president of the Kennewick High School Booster Club when she was given at least $3,774 in cash to deposit but failed to do so, Deputy Prosecutor Kristin McRoberts said.
Stites-Molnaa told other booster club members that the larger deposits of $2,133 and $1,164 were in her safe at home, court documents said.
She claimed she would make arrangements to get those deposits to the club's treasurer but never did, documents said.
During both investigations, Stites-Molnaa reportedly told Kennewick detectives she is not good with handling her finances.
Stites-Molnaa told the court she is employed, but said she supports her two sons. She was appointed attorney Michelle Alexander of Kennewick.
She is out of custody on her personal recognizance and is allowed to travel in the state.
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