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McMillan pleads guilty to stealing from county

Will Grandbois
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Robin McMillan
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Robin McMillan, a former bookkeeper in the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, will face four to nine years in prison with fines up to $600,000 and may be required to pay restitution after pleading guilty to two new counts relating to allegations of public embezzlement.

McMillan, 51, of Rifle, was arrested in August and charged with felony theft. In talking with police, she estimated her total theft at around $50,000, but a victim impact statement from early October listed the loss as $411,000 dating back to 2008.

The original charges will be dropped in favor of charges of theft from $20,000 to $100,000, a class 4 felony that carries penalties of three to six years in prison with three years’ parole and fines up to $500,000, and filing a false tax return, a class 5 felony that carries penalties of one to three years in prison with fines up to $100,000 and two years of mandatory parole. Either prison sentence could potentially be doubled if the court found extreme aggravating circumstances.

“I think the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of the crime will be discussed at length during sentencing,” said Assistant District Attorney Jason Slothouber.

Greg Greer, McMillan’s private attorney, didn’t address sentencing at the plea hearing but took the opportunity to clear the air.

“Robin McMillan never said she took the money because it was easy … she actually said the opposite of that,” Greer asserted.

According to Greer, the quote was included out of context in the arrest affidavit, where it was picked up by local newspapers. The actual quote, six minutes into a recorded interview with police, was: “I don’t want to say it was easy because I don’t mean it that way,” he said.

The agreement contains no stipulations for sentencing, which will take place on May 28.

It was the second embezzling case from the clerk’s office uncovered in two years.

Brenda Caywood of Glenwood Springs was arrested in August 2012 and ultimately pleaded guilty to stealing $15,919.12 in 2010 and 2011. She was sentenced to two years’ probation, 60 hours of community service, and $19.422.20 in restitution — the estimated theft plus 8 percent interest.

Records show that McMillan, apparently already stealing more money than Caywood, helped police with the Caywood case.

McMillan, then serving as the motor vehicle supervisor, was part of the internal audit. She was there when Glenwood Springs detective Matthew Gronbeck sat down with Clerk and Record Jean Alberico to discuss the situation.

Gronbeck wrote in his affidavit that Alberico “said Robin discovered money was missing on 11/17/2011. Robin provided me a summary of how the thefts would occur.”

McMillan, then serving as the motor vehicle supervisor, was part of the internal audit. She was there when Glenwood Springs detective Matthew Gronbeck sat down with Alberico to discuss the situation.

Gronbeck wrote in his affidavit that Alberico “said Robin discovered money was missing on 11/17/2011. Robin provided me a summary of how the thefts would occur.”

Alberico said last year that she had no reason to believe that the two cases were directly related.

The office has implemented a number of additional controls in the wake of McMillan’s arrest, Alberico said, and county commissioners consulted with a fraud prevention specialist in the wake of the case.


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