A former Richland City Clerk has pled guilty to second degree theft after improper city disbursements and transactions were discovered.
According to court records, 49-year-old Christine Thomann initially pled not guilty to a charge of first degree theft after a state auditor report was released earlier this year which found $57,990.34 of improper and unsupported disbursements and undeposited collections. In a plea agreement Monday, Thomann pled guilty to second-degree theft and has been given a deferred judgement of five years probation. She must pay a civil penalty of $750, restitution of $9,553.78 to the City of Richland, and all court costs. The report by the Auditor of State Mary Mosiman states at the City of Richland’s request a special investigation was conducted for the period of August 20, 2007 to September 30, 2016 in which Thomann was city clerk. To read the full report’s findings click here.