Arrest made in embezzlement investigation

August 7, 2014

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Glenwood Springs Police Department has made an arrest as the result of an investigation involving the alleged embezzlement of funds from revenue collections in the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Former Garfield County employee Robin McMillan was arrested for theft on August 5, 2014, and she immediately posted bond for her release. She is to return to court on August 20, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., at which time the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office will file a criminal complaint with the court listing the formal charges. She was arrested for felony theft: $100,000 to less than $1 million dollars. The arrest affidavit states that missing funds from the years 2013 and 2014 total $194,603.50. The Glenwood Springs Police Department is continuing with its investigation at this time.

Garfield County reported the incident upon discovery and is cooperating with investigators, who have determined that the alleged theft took place within the cash receipting system of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico implemented additional controls immediately, and is working with the Garfield County Finance Department to hire an auditor to thoroughly assess and identify the risks of fraud within the system, and to ensure internal controls are in place to prevent and detect future fraud.

Alberico said she is very saddened by the theft and that it is a devastating occurrence to her staff, because McMillan was well-liked. Garfield County carries employee dishonesty insurance, for which the county will file a claim on this loss following the investigation.

Because of the ongoing investigation, no further statements are being released at this time.