Flannery ordered to pay $75,270 in restitution

Former Habitat director also gets 90 days in jail for embezzlement

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Shelly Flannery

— Rochelle "Shelly" Flannery was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail and ordered to pay $75,270.90 in restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling money from Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

Flannery, the former executive director of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, also was ordered by Judge Shelley Hill to perform 100 hours of community service, serve 10 years of probation and pay fines and court costs.

Flannery pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit theft greater than $20,000, a Class 4 felony. In exchange for her plea, a Class 3 felony was dismissed.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Jerry Stabile said his investigation showed Flannery deposited pre-signed checks, meant for vendors, into her personal bank account. She also is accused of stealing Safeway grocery cards intended for use in a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser.

The embezzlement from Habitat was discovered when Flannery's former employer, the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, accused her of stealing from that nonprofit organization to pay personal bills. Flannery was accused of charging $7,000 in personal expenses, including her private cell phone, to the historical society, and she took $7,300 in small bills and checks, which she later repaid.

Habitat for Humanity was largely unaffected by the theft, said Jeffery Weeden, director of the Habitat for Humanity board, because an insurance carrier already has covered the group's losses.

Flannery instead will pay restitution to the insurance carrier.

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