Peal Jam is suing former employee Rickey Goodrich, who stands accused of stealing $380,000 from the legendary Seattle grunge act during his time as the band’s accountant from 2006 until his termination in 2010. Triple M reported that the 54-year-old accountant allegedly took the money in order to pay off personal expenses.
An article by The Seattle Times details the lawsuit, which consists of 25 counts of first-degree theft and eight counts of second-degree theft. Goodrich was discovered allegedly ‘cooking the books’ by another band’s accountant, and in 2010 repaid Pearl Jam $45,000 after being confronted about so-called loans Goodrich paid himself after forging the signature of a fellow executive.
If convicted of these accused crimes, Goodrich could face three-and-a-half to five years imprisonment.
For those interested you can check out the Charging Documents here…
In other Pearl Jam news, a new record is expected sometime in 2013. When speaking to US local radio station WFPK about the progress of the upcoming record, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready said the band was taking their time to get things right.
“We’re probably not gonna have anything out this year. We’re trying to make this thing the best as possible that we can and we’re taking our time with it. Like a slow-cooked turkey [laughs]. I don’t know if that’s the right analogy”, McCready said.
“We’ve got about 15 ideas or so that were kicking around and that Ed’s working on. So yeah, that’s where we’re at — we’re doing a record right now and we’re in the middle of it. I would say some [of the songs] are experimental, but some are pretty straight forward rock ‘n’ roll, and some are some really beautiful ballads and such”, he said.