Former county employee admits stealing from taxpayers

Former county employee admits stealing from taxpayers
Local News

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE — Brenda Wright’s voice cracked slightly as she admitted embezzling as much as $158,000 Eagle County taxpayers.Wright, 55, pleaded guilty to theft and embezzlement of public property, both felonies.She has already placed $150,000 in the court’s accounts to repay the money, said District Court Judge Russell Granger.She’ll be sentenced in July.When she pleaded guilty Monday morning, she gave up the right to a jury trial. Granger asked if she fully understood that.“Yes, sir,” she replied.How much remains a debateThe exact amount remains a point of disagreement. Assistant District Attorney Heidi McCollum said Wright stole $125,204.69 since 2010. With interest, …

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