Washington State Bookkeeper Charged with Theft to Go on Trial

One side calls it embezzlement; the other calls it a rookie mistake.  Either way, Kimberly Solheim has been through a learning experience.  The former bookkeeper for Division 402 of the Local Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in Pasco, Washington, is set to go on trial in federal court on January 23 for embezzling nearly $15,000 from the union.  Prosecutors maintain that she diverted the funds into her own account during July 2001-July 2003.  “The union has no source of income other than the dues, and it only has one account,” said U.S. Attorney Gregory Shogren. “She was acting as bookkeeper and wrote checks to herself and her husband.”  But her husband, Kurt Solheim, is making a case that his wife never intended harm.  “It was a clerical error that spun out of control,” he said.  “She wasn’t aware of all the federal