Former Pearl Jam Accountant Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement

Rickey C. Goodrich faces 14 months in prison for stealing nearly $400,000 from the band

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs during the 2014 Big Day Out Festival on January 17th, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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March 2, 2014 6:09 PM ET

A former financial manager for Pearl Jam was sentenced to 14 months in prison for embezzlement on Friday, the Seattle Times reports. Rickey C. Goodrich, who pleaded guilty to theft charges in December, stole $380,000 dollars from the band.

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The 55-year-old accountant was hired by the band in 2005, and soon became chief financial officer for Curtis Inc., Pearl Jam's management company. The charging papers from the prosecuting attorney's office say that over the next few years, Goodrich used funds from Curtis to pay for credit card charges to wineries, hotels and spas and to make payments on his wife's American Express account. In 2009, a series of "financial discrepancies" led to his dismissal from his role as tour accountant, but he filled in for the band's regular tour accountant again in 2010.

Soon after that, a $15,000 "road cash" payment went missing and the band confronted Goodrich about other financial discrepancies. He repaid the band $45,000 for loans that he made to himself by forging the signature of Pearl Jam's manager, Kelly Curtis, according to the court documents, and was fired in September 2010. Goodrich was charged in 2012 after a criminal investigation by Seattle police, and he pled guilty to six counts of first-degree theft.

Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff agreed to delay finalizing the sentence for two weeks so that Goodrich could organize his financial affairs, noting that his first concern was that Goodrich pay restitution. Prosecutors said that he had paid by $125,000 at the time he pleaded guilty. Goodrich will report to jail on March 14th.

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