Woman gets 90 days for embezzlement

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A former bookkeeper of Anson Excavating & Pipe will spend the next three months in the Moffat County Jail for embezzling nearly $8,000 from the Craig company.

Andrea Angus, 33, also was sentenced to four years probation, 100 hours of community service and is no longer allowed to use credit cards, according to Tuesday's ruling by District Court Judge Paul McLimans. Angus also must pay almost $20,000 restitution in the case.

Angus, who told police she had taken the money to offset her personal debt, pleaded guilty in court previously to one felony Class 4 charge of theft. The remaining 16 forgery felony charges in the case were dismissed.

"Me and Mike thought it was handled well," Mardi Anson said about the case. "We were pleased with the outcome."

Mardi and Mike Anson own the excavating company.

Angus started with the company in early June 2004. Angus told police that she started to pay off personal debt using the company's credit cards and checks.

The charges include car payments, a newspaper subscription and a night's stay in a Steamboat Springs hotel, according to court documents. Angus also told police she needed the money to make back payments on an electric bill to keep the power on in her house.

Included in the sentence, Angus must inform employers about the conviction. She also will serve four years probation after being released from jail.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com

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