Embezzlement suspect receives reduced bond

A suspect charged with embezzling funds from two non-profit organizations in Craig was granted a reduced bond Tuesday.

Kris Hammonds requested and received a lower bond amount for his client, Robin McKenzie, 36. Her bond was reduced from $20,000 to $10,000.

The District Attorney's office did not object to the change.

"I'm a little concerned about (McKenzie) getting out, but she's never been involved in any criminal activity before," Chief Deputy District Attorney David Waite said. "She's not much of a risk if released is my thinking, and $10,000 is still a significant amount of money."

McKenzie was arrested on March 27 and is charged with felony and misdemeanor theft. Authorities allege she embezzled more than $30,000 from the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition and more than $300 from Moffat County Partners while working with the organizations.

McKenzie served as executive director of the dental coalition from June of 2000 until March of this year, when she joined Partners as an employee.

The dental coalition acts as a clearinghouse for children and families who cannot afford dental services or insurance. Partners is a child-mentoring program.

As of press time, McKenzie was still in custody in the Moffat County Public Safety Center jail.

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