Former Grand Lake chamber director agrees to plea deal |

Former Grand Lake chamber director agrees to plea deal

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

During a Dec. 3 hearing, the former executive director of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce pleaded guilty to theft, a class 4 felony, and to theft under $500, a class 2 misdemeanor, for taking funds primarily from the chamber’s payroll during his employment.

In a proposed plea agreement, Brad Taylor, 41, agreed to three years of supervised probation with a deferred judgment and up to 90 days in jail.

He is expected to pay just short of $20,000 in restitution to the chamber and its insurance company in scheduled payments of $1,500 per month, with the first payment set at $4,000 starting in January.

A $750 “charitable” contribution and community service are also part of the deal.

According to Deputy District Attorney Heather Shwayder-Hughes, the $20,000 in restitution is based upon “actual theft figures” found during the DA’s investigation and was not adjusted from a 2010 chamber audit.

Taylor’s sentencing date has been set for July 18, at which time the former Grand Lake resident will find out whether he will be required to serve up to 90 days of jail time.

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