For­mer com­mis­sioner sen­tenced for em­bez­zle­ment

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

hot sul­phur springs» A for­mer Grand County com­mis­sioner ac­cused of em­bez­zling thou­sands of dol­lars has been sen­tenced to 10 days in jail and two years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

James New­berry, who re­signed in Novem­ber and was sen­tenced Fri­day, also was or­dered to com­plete 130 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and pay about $4,800 in resti­tu­tion.

He pleaded no con­test to em­bez­zle­ment of pub­lic prop­erty.

Pros­e­cu­tors say New­berry dou­blebilled the county govern­ment for mileage re­im­burse­ments be­tween 2009 and 2013.

They filed a mis­de­meanor case in April based on ev­i­dence of du­pli­cate billings for travel re­lated to New­berry’s work as the county’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Colorado River Wa­ter District Board.

In Septem­ber, pros­e­cu­tors added felony charges when they dis­cov­ered he sub­mit­ted re­im­burse­ments for meet­ings he didn’t at­tend at the Northwest Colorado Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments.

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