Former Routt County Employee Pays $10,000 In Restitution

District Attorney 14thAfter former Routt County Treasurer employee Lila Stucker tendered $10,000 in restitution to Routt County, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the criminal case against her. Stucker had been accused of misappropriating approximately $20,000 from the Routt County Treasurer’s office between 2006 and 2013. Following the dismissal of the criminal case the District Attorney’s Office said it concluded that it would be difficult to prove Stucker committed the theft beyond a reasonable doubt due to the time the funds went missing, Which was between 2006 and 2013. The investigation revealed that there were substantial weaknesses in procedures regarding management of funds in the Treasurer’s Office, making it unreasonable to spend the additional public money required to take the case to trial.  Those weaknesses have since been corrected.  District Attorney Brett Barkey stated, “This outcome avoids the additional expenditure of substantial tax payer resources in pursuit of a case which, due to antiquated security measures which have now been remedied in the Treasurer’s office, was not likely to result in a conviction. Stucker’s willingness to acknowledge that as the functional daily manager of that office during the relevant time frame, she had sufficient ownership of the situation to warrant her payment of $10,000.00 in restitution, helps bring to a close a difficult and unfortunate situation for Routt County tax payers.”

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