Former Grand County Building Dept. employee arrested for embezzlement |

Former Grand County Building Dept. employee arrested for embezzlement

After a six-month-long investigation, an arrest was made in connection to the Grand County building department theft of an estimated $500,000 over the course of 12 years.
Byron Hetzler/ | Sky-Hi News

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — An arrest warrant has been issued for former county building department employee Brigid Irish.

Irish worked as an administrative assistant and handled money in the department from 2001 until she was suddenly terminated in November 2013. This is the first and only arrest made in the building department case so far, which involves $500,000 stolen over the course of 12 years.

According to a press release issued by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, a warrant for Irish’s arrest was issued on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 6. At around 4:50 p.m., Irish turned herself in and was booked in the Grand County Jail.

Charges include four counts of theft, one count of attempting to influence a public servant, 12 counts of forgery, and 915 counts of embezzlement of public property.

All these charges are directly related to the missing funds from the Grand County Building Department. Irish’s Bond is set at $20,000.

“We are not sure, but (it) looks like Ms. Irish will bond out tonight,” Sheriff Rod Johnson said in an email at 5:47 p.m. on May 6.

Leia Larsen can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.

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