Steamboat police investigate possible embezzlement at Chamber

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— The Steamboat Springs Police Department on Thursday was called to investigate a possible case of embezzlement involving an employee and funds from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Detective Dave Kleiber said Chamber CEO Tom Kern reported the incident. It is thought a man who at the time was the finance and human resources director used Chamber funds to write a check for $1,100 in December to cover a personal credit card bill.

Kleiber said the Chamber discovered the discrepancy during an audit. Kleiber said the employee was confronted about the incident. He paid back the money and was fired.

Kern said Friday that he investigated the incident and was directed by the Chamber’s executive board to report it to police. It is thought to be an isolated incident.

Kleiber said the man has not been arrested. He turned the case over to the Routt County District Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether to file charges.

Because no one was arrested and because it is unclear whether charges will be filed, Kern and Kleiber did not release the name of the former employee.

Kleiber said he had not interviewed the employee about the incident.

Kern said he did not want to discuss details about the incident because it is still under investigation.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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