Accused bookkeeper going to trial

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Attorneys arguing the case against a former Moffat County School District bookkeeper met for the last time Monday morning before going to jury trial in August.

Susie Lord, of Craig, 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 offenses that allegedly occurred during Lord's employment as Moffat County High School bookkeeper.

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Lord, who previously rejected a plea agreement offer, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

She appeared in 14th Judicial District Court on Monday morning with her attorney, Kris Hammond, of Steamboat Springs, for a pre-trial conference. Deputy district attorney Ed Veronda is handling the case for the 14th Judicial District Attorneys Office.

The court date was the last day for attorneys to submit motions before trial. None were submitted.

Lord's trial is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 6. Veronda said he expects the trial to last two or three days.

Prosecutors allege Lord embezzled money from the high school activities account, a sum believed to be about $57,000.

The alleged embezzlement took place throughout a four-year period, from August 2002 to August 2006, prosecutors said.

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