Embezzler Robin McMillan’s husband kills himself
Sean McMillan, the husband of Robin McMillan, who was convicted of embezzling more than $440,000 from the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office, killed himself after authorities found $10,000 they allege were being hidden from the ill-gotten gains.
Sean McMillan, 55, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday at his home in Loveland, according to James MacNaughton, Larimer County deputy coroner.
His wife is serving a 10-year prison sentence in the embezzlement case, which is to be reviewed for resentencing by Judge Denise Lynch Sept. 1 after an order from the Colorado Court of Appeals.
District Attorney Sherry Caloia said Monday that investigators had discovered the $56,000 through an inmate who’d heard McMillan talking about having concealed that money.
Caloia’s office obtained a search warrant for her son’s home in Rifle, where $46,000 was found in a safe. The investigation also led to another $10,000 being found in Sean McMillan’s possession.
During the investigation into this embezzlement case, the DA’s office found that McMillan had little that wasn’t encumbered with a lien, little that DA’s office could get value by seizing, said Caloia.
The DA’s office has not pursued any of the McMillans’ assets, and Caloia said she has not decided if it will in the future.
The McMillans lost their Rifle home to foreclosure after she was arrested, and Sean McMillan had been working in Loveland for some time, Caloia wrote in an email.
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Caloia said Monday she was unlikely to file charges against McMillan’s husband and son because they were cooperative “and it is difficult to say what they believed about the money.”
“The recovery of this secreted money along with the evidence that the money was Ms. McMillan’s property will allow the DA to claim that all of this money should be paid to Garfield County (or the county’s insurer) for the partial repayment of the extensive theft she perpetrated,” Caloia wrote in a news release Sunday.
McMillan’s theft is one of three from the county clerk’s office by employees.
Brenda Caywood pleaded guilty to stealing $15,919.12 in 2010 and 2011, and was sentenced to two years’ probation, 60 hours of community service and $19.422.20 in restitution — the estimated theft plus 8 percent interest. McMillan, stealing from the office herself at the time, helped investigate the case.
In the latest case, Alicia Macias of Silt, who left her job in vital records last year, is accused of stealing $18,000. County Clerk Jean Alberico told the Post Independent when charges were filed last month that the theft was discovered as the office implemented changes recommended after the McMillan case.
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