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Covington trainer raided charity for seriously injured dog agility team

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 1:54 pm

A dog trainer accused of wiping out a charity account meant to assist a Covington couple seriously injured in a car crash has been charged with felony theft.

King County prosecutors contend Lisa Selthofer, also of Covington, stole more than $15,000 in donations meant to assist the couple.

Selthofer, the 44-year-old owner of Premier K9 Club, solicited donations from dog agility fans in the weeks after agility trainers Laurie and Steven Jenks were hurt in an Aug. 14, 2010, wreck near the Tri-Cities.

In the days following the crash, thousands of dollars from around the country poured into a PayPal account managed by Selthofer. Prosecutors contend only $2,100 of the $17,000 raised ever made it to the Jenks or their relatives.

The allegations were first reported to police in June 2012 after the Jenks made repeated efforts to get access to the donated money.

According to charging papers, Selthofer first claimed most of the money went to pay taxes on the donations. She then cut off contact with the family.

Questioned by police, Selthofer again blamed the IRS for the missing money, a King County Sheriff’s Office detective told the court.

“Selthofer attempted to explain that she had to pay taxes on the funds, which is a false statement as she had not completed her taxes since 2008,” the detective told the court.

The detective noted Selthofer only filed her taxes after the Jenks made clear they were contacting the police. She also asserted Selthofer’s explanations of where the money went have been inconsistent.

In a note posted at her business website, Selthofer attempted to blame the Jenks for the trouble surrounding the money. Selthofer claimed the Jenks needed to provide her with receipts so she could pay for their medical expenses.

Writing the court, the King County detective noted Selthofer only briefly had enough money in her bank account to pay out the full amount donated to the Jenks.

Having searched her home and bank accounts, investigators discovered most of the money donated to the PayPal account had been transferred into Selthofer’s business bank account, according to charging papers. The detective noted several checks written to the Jenks personally were also deposited in Selthofer’s account.

Writing the court, the detective said Selthofer used the money to pay her household expenses, against the wishes of those who’d donated money to help the Jenks family.

“At no time did they realize their money had not been delivered to the Jenks,” she said in a court statement. “Many advised they did not care how the money was used. … Their only expectation was that it was to be given to the Jenks in their time of need.”

Selthofer has been charged with first-degree theft. She has not been jailed in the case.

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