Pearl Jam employee charged
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SEATTLE -- Pearl Jam's former chief financial officer allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of several years from Seattle's seminal rock band, spending the money on lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Rickey Goodrich was charged with 33 counts of theft on Thursday, which was his 54th birthday, according to charging documents. A summons was sent to Mr. Goodrich's home in Novato, Calif., that day, ordering him to appear for arraignment in King County Superior Court in Seattle on June 28.
Charged with 25 counts of first-degree theft and eight counts of second-degree theft, Mr. Goodrich is accused of bilking the band out of at least $380,000 between October 2007 and June 2010, when Mr. Goodrich's alleged embezzlement was discovered by another band accountant, charging papers say.
Mr. Goodrich, who doesn't have a criminal history, could face 31/2 to nearly 5 years in prison if convicted.
First Published June 20, 2012 12:00 am