Golay sentenced to three years in prison

Published on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Former Birch Bay Water and Sewer District treasurer Glenn Golay has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to nine counts of first-degree theft stemming from his embezzlement of $469,000 from the district.

Golay was formally sentenced this morning (August 11). In addition to the prison term, Golay will have to repay the money he stole from the district.  Whatcom County prosecuting attorney James Hulbert recommended Golay's sentence to the judge in exchange for a guilty plea.

"Everything went as planned," Hulbert said.

Golay used a now-abolished district travel reimbursement account, which was not supposed to contain more than $2,000, to transfer between $37,000 and $80,000 to his personal bank and credit card accounts over the past seven years, according to court documents. Golay wrote checks to himself, his wife, his church, and a number of different credit card companies and banks. None of the checks, which varied in amount from $1,000 to $8,000, had district board of commissioner’s approval.

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