Police: City worker used poop-in-pool scheme to steal money

by: Joanna Small Updated:


A former Federal Way Community Center employee is charged with felony theft after police say she gave bogus refunds for poop in the city pool.

Prosecutors say Madison Dupras Armstrong, was authorized with giving refunds to swimmers when the Federal Way public pool was contaminated with human waste or vomit. Swimmers were supposed to get a free return visit or, rarely, a refund.

Police say Armstrong gave refunds to herself instead.

Armstrong’s boss became suspicious when he saw surveillance video of her taking money from the till. She was fired after an investigation.

When questioned by police in September, Armstrong “initially denied capability but then confessed to taking the $101 because she needed vacation money,” Detective Annette Scholl wrote in a probable cause document. She also confessed to taking some money in an email, police say.

Investigators reviewed cash balance reports from February 2011 to August 2013 and believe Armstrong took more than $14,000 overall. She’s been charged with one count of first-degree theft.

KIRO 7 wanted to ask Armstrong about it, but she wasn't at home or her new job Tuesday when we went by, and she did not return a voicemail.

Armstrong does not have a criminal history, court documents show.

Armstrong is scheduled to have an arraignment, where she’ll enter a plea, later this year.

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