Former director of local Camp Fire USA accused of stealing from club

The former director of the Camp Fire USA Juan de Fuca Council is accused of stealing $7,217 by writing checks for herself and forging signatures.

Teresa Rodocker, of Port Angeles, was placed on administrative leave in February and fired in March as investigators looked into claims that she had written unauthorized checks to herself and had forged the signature of a Camp Fire Club board member, according to court documents.

The Clallam County Prosecutor's Office filed the paperwork against Rodocker, who was paid about $40,000 a year as director, on Aug. 20 in Clallam County District Court. The office intends to charge Rodocker with two counts of forgery and one count of theft in the first degree. Forgery is a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. First-degree theft, a class B felony, is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

According to a certification for probable cause, Rodocker is believed to have written several checks to herself, including an unauthorized bonus check for $2,500.

During the investigation an invoice from a plumbing company was found, listing work done at Rodocker's home for a total of $157.39. Rodocker put in for reimbursement from Camp Fire for the work and a check was written to Rodocker from the Camp Fire bank account for $523.98, with the plumbing receipt attached, police said.

According to the police report, Rodocker was supposed to get a second signature on all checks but wrote many with only her signature or with the forged signature of a Camp Fire board member.

Board members said they did not authorize the bonus, reimbursement for the plumbing bill or the purchase of beer, which is indicated on one of the receipts, police said.

The board members first became suspicious in December 2009 when Rodocker approached a board member twice to sign checks for the same things, police said. In February board members looked at the financial records and found the $2,500 unauthorized bonus check.

Rodocker is due to appear in court Sept. 30.

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