Former MCHS bookkeeper in court


A former Moffat County High School bookkeeper appeared in court Monday for a status conference on an embezzlement case pending against her.

Susie Lord, 38, appeared with her attorney, Kris Hammond of Steamboat Springs, for an arraignment hearing in 14th Judicial Court. She is charged with three felonies -- theft in a series between $500 and $15,000, embezzlement of public property and forgery of a government-issued document.

The charges stem from the alleged embezzlement of money from the high school activities account, a sum prosecutors believe to be about $57,000.

Lord did not enter a plea Monday. She could enter a plea during her next appearance, scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 5 in district court.

Deputy district attorney Russell Wasley said there have been no deals offered in the case.

A complaint filed by the district attorney's office indicated the alleged embezzlement occurred during a four-year time period, from August 2002 to August 2006. The document also alleged Lord "knowingly converted the public monies or property to her own use or to a use other than the public authorized by law."

After allegations against Lord surfaced, she resigned her post and school district officials quickly implemented safeguards to prevent employee frauds in the future.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or

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