McKenzie sentencing pushed back |

McKenzie sentencing pushed back

Christina M. Currie

Craig resident Robin McKenzie, who in July pleaded guilty to theft of more than $30,000 from the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, a third-degree felony, and theft of less than $500 from Moffat County Partners, a second-degree misdemeanor, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28.

McKenzie was scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 19, but her attorney, Kris Hammond of Oliphant, Hammond, O’Hara and Atwell, made a motion to continue the hearing, which was unopposed by prosecutor Assistant District Attorney

David Waite.

According to the court file, Hammond did not receive the pre-sentencing investigation report in time to review it for the hearing.

He also had another hearing scheduled in Grand County on the same day.

Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson granted the motion on Aug. 13.

It is not known what sentence the district attorney’s office will recommend. Penalties for the charges of felony theft include fines from $2,000 to $500,000 and a prison sentence of one to 32 years with up to five years of probation. But the District Attorney’s office will not recommend state prison time, according to her plea agreement.

McKenzie is being held in the Moffat County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

After inspection of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition’s financial records, showed McKenzie wrote $37,639.63 in unauthorized checks to herself from June 1, 2000, to Feb. 8, 2002 from the Coalition’s account.

After resigning as director of the Coalition, McKenzie started work at Partners a program in which adults mentor at-risk youth.

According to former Partners Director Debi Landoll, after hearing of the allegations against McKenzie, she started inspecting her organization’s financial records and found that two deposits McKenzie said she made were not made.

Those deposits were for $90

and $62.

Landoll also reported that McKenzie picked up $127 in revenue from Partners’ annual Easter Egg fund-raiser, which was not deposited.

McKenzie pleaded guilty July 1 to the charges of theft on the condition that she serve no time in prison. According to Waite, she still may be sentenced to serve time in jail or Correctional Alternative Placement Systems (C.A.P.S.)

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