Bookkeeper steals nearly $500K from tennis club


KENT, Wash. - A former bookkeeper for the Boeing Employees Tennis Club in Kent was sentenced to nearly two years in prison.


Joanne Hanada, 61, was found guilty of 10 counts of theft.


Hanada stole $490,000 from the club, which is a private organization with more than half its members not employed at Boeing.


Prosecutors said Hanada siphoned thousands to personal accounts over the course of six years.


During her sentencing, Hanada tearfully claimed the embezzlement stemmed from a gambling addiction.  


The judge sentenced Hanada to 22 months in prison and ordered her to pay restitution. 


As a result of the thefts, the club had to increase member dues and ask members for a one-time fee of $395 to replace the building's roof.


The fee caused the club to lose half its members.