PUYALLUP MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR $2.4 MILLION EMBEZZLEMENT FROM LUMBER MILL

            BRETT M. SMITH, 24, of Puyallup, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and $2,476,913 in restitution for Mail Fraud.  SMITH was the leader of a scheme to embezzle $2.4 million from Manke Lumber Company.  SMITH was a log scaler for Manke, who was fired in July 2006, following an internal investigation of the fraud.  SMITH and seven other people, including SMITH's brother, Bryan M. Smith, were indicted in June 2008, for Mail Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.  BRETT SMITH pleaded guilty January 9, 2009.  Calling the crime "deplorable and despicable," U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said, "this crime has caused me more sadness, to see a generation of kids who were willing to participate in this... Has caused me more fear for our future.... If we don't make an example here and now, as a society we are doomed.