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'Problem gambler' accused of theft, forgery

A Spokane woman who reportedly told police she's a problem gambler is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from her employer.

Wendy J. Tappa, 55, was arrested Thursday on charges of fraud and first-degree theft after Spokane Valley police say she forged and cashed checks from Northwest Consulting Solutions LLC, where she was hired as an office manager in October.

Bank officials notified the owner earlier this month that the company's account was overdrawn. They also said Tappa regularly cashed payroll checks, "and that a Spokane Valley gambling business had been in to cash checks payable to Tappa," according to police.

The owner said Tappa forged his signature on as many as 15 checks. Police found one of the checks in her pocket at the time of her arrest, according to a news release.

Tappa is is in Spokane County Jail and will appear in Superior Court today via video.




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