PASCO, Wash. - A Franklin county judge wants taxpayers to get back what a former county employee stole from them.
Dennis Huston was in court today as the judge signed a restitution order, asking him to repay over $2.8 million. That's the amount of money Huston was convicted of embezzling over 20 years while working as the Franklin County Public Works Accounting Manager.
But the order could be a moot point, as the judge says Huston most likely doesn't have the assets to cover the debt.
"The courts have said restitution is meant as punishment. And the people of Franklin County at least deserve an order, a piece of paper saying they're owed that amount of money since it was stolen from them," said Washington Assistant Attorney General Scott Marlo.
Huston asked the judge Friday to only pay about $1.7 million in restitution, saying that some of the money he was convicted of stealing actually went to legitimate companies. However, the judge declined.
Huston is currently serving a 16-year sentence.