Garfield County clerk embezzler McMillan hid $56,000 |

Garfield County clerk embezzler McMillan hid $56,000

Robin McMillan
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Robin McMillan, convicted last year of embezzling more than $440,000 from the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, hid money to keep it from being garnished for restitution, District Attorney Sherry Caloia announced Sunday.

The DA added that McMillan had help in concealing the money but didn’t name her helper or helpers.

Now serving a sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections, McMillan stole money from the county clerk’s office for about six years, court records show.

Following up on a tip, investigators discovered $56,000 that had been concealed, including $46,000 in cash they found in a safe.

McMillan has been successful in appealing her 10-year sentence and is scheduled to appear before the Colorado Court of Appeals Sept. 1 for resentencing.

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“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.

“We are very excited to have recovered this money for Garfield County and the taxpayers of Garfield County. Without the persistence of the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and its investigative team, this money would not have been recovered,” Caloia wrote.

The press release did not disclose where authorities found the money.

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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