A former water system manager in unincorporated Snohomish County has been charged with stealing more than $400,000 from the system.

A former water system manager in unincorporated Snohomish County has been charged with stealing more than $400,000 from the system.

Jesse Orvic Rowe ran the Roosevelt Water Association for 25 years, ending in January. Snohomish County prosecutors told The Daily Herald an investigation found the 75-year-old used water association money for personal expenses for many years.

According to charging papers, the money paid for more than $270,000 in credit card bills, purchased power tools and paid the power bill at his home.

The first-degree theft charge filed Thursday in Snohomish County Superior Court was brought with aggravating factors alleging that Rowe abused his position of trust to commit a major economic offense.

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That means Rowe could face extra prison time if convicted.

The Roosevelt Water Association distributes water purchased from the city of Everett. Its operations are overseen by a board of trustees.

The water association brought a civil lawsuit against Rowe in June.