Former Walla Walla University Professor Pleads Guilty to Theft

A former Walla Walla University professor has pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge involving more than $800,000 dollars from a Walla Walla dentist.

Dana Thompson was also a former part-time bookkeeper for Dan Laizure's Walla Walla Dental Care office and allegedly embezzled money by writing checks out to himself.

 Dr. Laizure says Thompson worked for him part-time for 13 years and considers this a betrayal of trust.

Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced July 17th in U.S. Federal Court in Richland.