Silverthorne embezzler gets 90-day jail sentence
BRECKENRIDGE – Twice given the chance to show remorse, a Dillon woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling from her employer showed little emotion until the judge sentenced her to jail time Tuesday.
County Court Judge Ed Casias sentenced Christel Anderson-Hayden to 90 days in jail for embezzling more than $45,000 from her employer. Casias added the jail time to the probation department’s recommendation of six years of supervised probation, including drug and alcohol monitoring and mental health counseling.
In delivering the sentence, Casias said he was disappointed in the lack of explanation Anderson-Hayden offered for her actions. Anderson-Hayden was given an opportunity to speak after her victims addressed the court and before Casias announced the sentence.
“I was hoping you’d say you’re sorry, but that didn’t come from you,” Casias said.
Following the sentencing, Anderson-Hayden wept in the hallway outside the courtroom, catching her breath to shout at her victims.
Anderson-Hayden, 28, was charged with felony counts of forgery and criminal attempt of theft. Twelve other similar charges were dropped during court proceedings. Anderson-Hayden is the daughter of longtime Breckenridge Police Officer Steve Anderson.
According to court documents, Anderson-Hayden worked as a bookkeeper for Silverthorne’s Intermountain Flooring. During part of 2002, she wrote 13 unauthorized checks and misappropriated numerous cash deposits. The total loss was tabulated at $45,541.17.
Casias asked Anderson-Hayden what she did with the money. She responded that she used it to pay off debts and bills and to retain an attorney to help with child custody issues.
“So you put your employer in debt and used their money to pay of yours?” Casias said. “Did you think about the effect this would have?”
The defendant didn’t answer.
Casias ordered Anderson-Hayden to pay the company’s owners restitution. The judge authorized her release for work during the 90-day jail term.
Casias also granted a week-long postponement before her sentence starts, allowing Anderson-Hayden time to make arrangements for the care of her daughter.
Intermountain Flooring owners Scott and Regina Stephens said it will take them years to recover from the loss, especially given the challenges the construction industry faces in a soft economy. The couple was happy that jail time was added to the sentence and that
Anderson-Hayden didn’t get off with probation only.
“There’s some justice in this,” Scott Stephens said.
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