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Bernadette Stanek was released on her own recognizance after pleading not guilty to charges in connection with the embezzlement of more than $300,000 from the Island Hospital Foundation.

In an appearance in District Court Thursday, Stanek pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree theft and 13 counts of forgery between 2011 and this year.

Judge Susan Cook ordered Stanek released without bail, noting that Stanek has no criminal history and the charges against her are not violent crimes, but property crimes. Cook told Stanek that, as a condition of her release, she cannot be employed or volunteer with any organization where she would have trust and access to their finances.

Cook set a trial date of December 15.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,158 Confirmed Skagit Cases
379 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

266 Hospitalizations
60 Deaths
11,527 Fully Vaccinated
33,897 Doses Given

Statewide

322,487 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,433 Hospitalizations

4,988 Deaths Statewide

Updated 7 pm, March 2, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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