Posted: Aug 1, 2013 2:30 PM by MTN News
A former Anaconda Housing Authority employee was sentenced to probation for stealing money from the authority.
Colleen Furthmyre, 46, was sentenced in federal court in Helena on Tuesday to three years of probation. She was also ordered to pay $31,243.50 in restitution.
A November 2011 investigation revealed that Furthmyre was stealing money from the housing authority for about two years, mostly in the form of cash deposits received as rent payments for subsidized housing, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
During an interview with Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement, Furthmyre reportedly admitted to taking cash from the authority's rental payments and depositing it into her checking account to use to pay her bills.
"She said she would try to pay back the money she had stolen at the end of each month to balance the books. She initially tried to track the stolen proceeds by writing amounts on a sticky note, but had recently been unable to keep track of how much she had embezzled," a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office states.
The AHA has provided a final loss amount of $31,243.50.