Former Grand Lake Chamber director, accused of stealing, changes plea to not guilty
December 12, 2011
Former executive director of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, Brad Taylor, 42, accused of stealing funds from the chamber while overseeing its functions, has abandoned his plea agreement with the district attorney and has entered a not guilty plea.
A five-day jury trial has been set for May 14, 2012.
Taylor’s former attorney, Jeffrey Herren of Winter Park, quit the case on July 26, claiming his client “failed to pay financial obligations” and did not comply “with requests of his attorney.” Taylor did not file an objection to the claims, according to court documents.
Taylor, who is free on bond, is now being represented by Emily Wickham, deputy state public defender, of Steamboat.
Last year, Taylor had pleaded guilty to theft, a class 4 felony and to theft under $500, a class 2 misdemeanor, as part of plea agreement for taking funds primarily from the chamber’s payroll during his employment.
Taylor was expected to pay just short of $20,000 in restitution to the chamber and its insurance company in scheduled payments.
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As of the end of October, no restitution had been paid, according to court documents.