Former county employee pleads not guilty |

Former county employee pleads not guilty

Lila Stucker

— A former Routt County Treasurer’s Office employee pleaded not guilty Thursday to 157 charges related to the embezzlement of public money.

During a hearing Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Matt Karzen told Judge Shelley Hill that he was still negotiating a plea bargain with Lila Stucker.

With 3,000 pages of documents related to the case and the numerous charges, Stucker’s attorney, Kris Hammond, told Hill he anticipated a lengthy trial.

The judge scheduled the trial for 10 days beginning May 16.

The charges allege Stucker misappropriated more than $20,000 in county funds from 2006 to 2013.

Hammond has said Stucker did not steal anything.

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Stucker, who worked for Routt County for more than 25 years, was fired from the Treasurer’s Office in June 2013.

She was dismissed after her supervisors felt she did not adequately explain some situations where checks from clients had been cashed but Stucker had voided the transactions in the county’s computer system, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

Current Treasurer Brita Horn has said the irregularities were discovered shortly after she assumed office when she implemented some new checks and balances.

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