Woman gets 90 days jail time in embezzlement case | SteamboatToday.com

Woman gets 90 days jail time in embezzlement case

— A Steamboat Springs woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from her employer is serving a 90-day sentence at the Routt County Jail.

Jamie Hart, 47, spent more than $10,000 of her employer’s money on psychic hotlines, according to her arrest warrant.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of theft. One of the charges was a felony and carried a deferred sentence. That means if Hart successfully completes four years of unsupervised probation, the felony charge can be dismissed.

Hart was ordered to repay her employer, Johnson Excavating, $16,200.

Hart worked as a bookkeeper and office manager at the business. A Steamboat Police Department detective was assigned the case in October 2014 after a complaint was made by Chad Johnson, vice president of Johnson Excavation.

Johnson had concerns about Hart and hired another bookkeeper to review the company’s books. According to an arrest warrant, the bookkeeper found serious problems, including more than $10,000 that had been used to pay for psychic hotlines.

According to the arrest warrant, Hart made more than $7,000 in non-business charges on a company debit card.

Members of the Johnson family had to forgo paychecks due to the missing money.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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