Eagle County Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

court-300A former Eagle County employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayers. 55-year-old Brenda Wright pleaded guilty Monday to theft and embezzlement of public property, both felonies. She will be sentenced in July. The exact amount is a point of disagreement, with prosecutors saying she took more than $158,000 including interest, and Wright’s attorney saying that number is inflated by about $20,000. Wright voluntarily contacted the Eagle Police Department about the crime and turned herself in. The money came from a 2 percent tax on vendors who rent vehicles such as cars, trucks and construction equipment. Wright said she was skimming from that fund. Wright has already placed $150,000 in the court’s accounts to repay the money.

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