Former jail employee pleads guilty to theft

A former Moffat County Jail employee accused of stealing money pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon in 14th Judicial District Court.

Sandy Herndon, of Craig, pleaded guilty to a count of theft between $500 and $15,000, a felony.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Stern said Herndon has repaid money taken from the jail. Herndon repaid $1,100 before Tuesday's hearing. She tendered $11,955 in restitution on Tuesday.

An audit of Moffat County government departments last spring turned up the missing money from the jail's inmate commissary account.

As food service manager, Herndon was responsible for managing the commissary -- a store for inmates to spend money on toiletries and candy -- and making bank deposits.

Herndon, an employee at the jail for five years, was fired as result of an investigation into the missing money. She was the only person fired or reprimanded as a result of the audit.

Stern said Herndon will be sentenced in October.

A felony theft conviction can carry a sentence between two and six years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The sentence is left to the discretion of the judge.

In other action

A court appearance for a man accused of robbing a Craig liquor store was delayed Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

Raymond Maley Siqueiros, who was sentenced in May to probation for passing counterfeit bills, is charged with second-degree burglary and criminal mischief. Prosecutors allege he attempted to break in to a local liquor store in June.

He was scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference and a hearing to consider revoking his probation. Prosecutors said the hearing was delayed because the defendant, who is in custody for a traffic violation, could not appear.

A new appearance before the judge is being scheduled, prosecutors said.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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