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Marble embezzlement probe continues

MARBLE, Colorado - The embezzlement of several hundred thousand dollars from the town of Marble, allegedly by the late town clerk Karen Mulhall, remains under investigation by the state.

"I can indicate that we don't believe others were involved," said Susan Medina, spokesperson for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Monday.

She said the agency's forensic accountants had not yet finished analyzing the computer used by Mulhall to keep the town's books.

Marble Mayor Robert Pettijohn told the Post Independent on Monday that he could not even report with confidence that Mulhall was the one who stole money from the town over an undetermined amount of time.

"They haven't told me that," he said of the CBI, which has been looking into reports that Mulhall stole more than $300,000 while working as the town clerk.

Pettijohn revealed last November that authorities had revised their estimate of the amount stolen, and that it may have been as much as $800,000.

Mulhall died under as-yet unexplained circumstances, although unverified reports say she committed suicide.

She was found dead reportedly in a hotel in the Denver area on Oct. 28, 2012, after the investigation into Marble's finances had begun.

The alleged embezzlement came to light following an audit conducted by Alpine Bank last year of the town's finances, going back about six years.

Mulhall had worked for the town for 18 years.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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