Robert Polich pleads not guilty to embezzlement |

Robert Polich pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Robert Polich, 62, pleaded not guilty to a class-four felony theft charge for allegedly embezzling more than $500,000 from the Hamilton Creek Metropolitan District. His case will go to trial in March.
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Robert Polich, former manager for the Hamilton Creek Metropolitan District, will go to trial in March after he entered a “not guilty” plea to a class-three felony theft charge on Thursday.

Polich, 62, is accused of embezzling more than $500,000 from the metropolitan district during the past 15 years, when he had served as a manager and accountant under Mountain Systems, Inc.

He allegedly wrote checks to himself in excess of the amount owed year-to-year, but the discrepancy was not caught until June, after he was arrested for embezzling $160,000 from the Enclave Homeowners Association earlier this year. He pleaded guilty to class-four felony theft for the former case and was sentenced to four years of probation and a county jail sentence.

A plea for the current case was postponed for more than a month, as his defense attorney, Todd Barson, and deputy district attorney John Franks reviewed financial documents related to the case.

Barson had considered withdrawing from the case but appeared in court on Thursday morning. A motions hearing is set for Feb. 18, 2016 at 1 p.m., and a five-day trial will start March 15, 2016.

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