Craig Craig Reuer, of Craig, during a sentencing hearing Wednesday was given a 150-day jail sentence with work-release and nine years of probation for embezzling money from Tri-State Equipment.
Reuer was arrested in November 2012 on charges of embezzling money, identity theft and forgery.
He was facing a possibility of 18 months in Moffat County Jail and pleaded for no jail time.
In the hearing, 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill said that this was the saddest embezzlement case she ever had witnessed.
“You not only stole money, you stole somebody’s trust,” she said. “This was purposeful behavior.”
Reuer had worked with Tri-State for about 18 years.
He was close with Suzanne Walsh, whose husband owns Tri-State Equipment. Reuer embezzling money was a personal betrayal, she said.
“I’d like to see a jail sentence because I’m from where you pay for what you do,” she said.
Reuer’s employers and family members addressed the judge, as well. Dakota Curtis, Reuer’s daughter, said that him having a jail sentence would cripple the large family he supports.
His sentence began immediately, so the sheriff was called to bring him into Moffat County Jail. He is required to pay Tri-State back $85,000 in monthly $500 increments.
Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.