Court date set in jail theft case

A former Moffat County Jail employee accused of stealing $10,000 from the jail has her first court appearance June 13.

Sandy Herndon, 50, of Craig, is charged with two counts of theft of between $500 and $15,000, both felonies.

Herndon is scheduled to appear before Moffat County Judge Mary Lynn James at 8:30 a.m. June 13.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said Herndon will be advised of the charges against her at the hearing next month.

Prosecutors filed charges against Herndon last week, but her first court date wasn't scheduled until this week.

Steamboat Springs lawyer Kristopher Hammond will represent Herndon, according to court documents.

Hammond did not return calls for comment Wednesday.

If convicted, Herndon faces between two and six years in prison. In addition to prison time, Herndon also may face $500,000 in fines.

Prosecutors also say they plan to seek restitution in the case.

An audit of Moffat County government departments last month turned up $10,000 missing from the jail's inmate commissary account.

The commissary is a store where inmates spend their own money on products such as toiletries and candy.

As food service manager, Herndon was responsible for managing the commissary account and making bank deposits, according to the Moff--at County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail.

Herndon was fired as a result of an investigation into the missing money in the commissary account, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office last month.

Herndon worked at the jail for five years before being fired.

No other employee at the jail was fired or reprimanded as a result of the audit.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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