Gardner, Virden arraigned; to be sentenced Jan. 9 |

Gardner, Virden arraigned; to be sentenced Jan. 9

Janelle O'Dea
Renee Virden

Renae Virden and Kimberly Gardner were arraigned Tuesday in the District Court of Moffat County on charges of theft and conspiracy to commit theft.

Virden and Gardner allegedly conspired to embezzle more than $400,000 from Advocates Crisis Support Services, a nonprofit in Moffat County that provides free, confidential assistance to victims of sexual and domestic violence.

The case is handled by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office out of Garfield County because of the relationship between the nonprofit and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Moffat County.

Representatives from the 9th Judicial District travel to Moffat County for proceedings.

Gardner pled guilty to theft, $20,000 to $100,000, a class four felony. If convicted, she could face up to six years in jail plus fines.

Virden also pled guilty to her theft charge, $5,000 to $20,000, a class five felony. This charge carries a penalty of one to three years in prison in addition to fines.

Both defendants will also be required to pay restitution to Advocates.

The judge will sentence Garden and Virden on Jan. 9, 2015.