No Name embezzler is locked up
January 13, 2009
Judge Bruce Lubeck has sent the woman who embezzled money from the No Name Saloon and Butcher’s Chop House to jail for 150 days and ordered her to pay the establishments $73,332.11 in restitution for what was one of the costliest white-collar crimes in Park City in years.
Lesley Campbell, 43, had previously pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony theft charge. The charge potentially carried a sentence of between 1 and 15 years in state prison. She arrived at the Summit County Jail on Jan. 9 for the sentence.
Lubeck also barred her from working in a job that requires her to handle money while on probation and she cannot drink alcohol or use drugs. She will remain on probation for at least three years. The period could be extended with court-supervised probation until the restitution is paid.
"I’m confident the court is going to hold her responsible to continue to pay restitution," said Jesse Shetler, the principal owner of the two establishments, adding that he is pleased that Lubeck tied the probationary period to the Campbell’s restitution payments.
The Park City Police Department last spring launched an investigation into Campbell after Shetler approached the police saying Campbell, who was the office manager of the No Name and Butcher’s, had been embezzling.
According to a court filing against her, the police discovered Campbell had claimed unearned overtime on her paychecks and had stolen cash from bank deposits and then manipulated daily sales receipts to cover up the cash she took. Meanwhile, she used a company credit card to buy school supplies, gas and groceries for herself, the prosecutors had said. She started taking money in September 2007, according to the court filing.
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At the time formal charges were brought, prosecutors pegged the losses at $46,638.68. Further investigation found that additional money was taken, Shetler said. He said the $73,332.11 in losses to Campbell could be documented. Shelter said more money remains missing.
There is a "substantial amount of money unaccounted for, and we will probably never know the details," Shetler said.
He has said he discovered the money was missing after receiving calls about unpaid bills and late payments from suppliers and credit-card companies. The calls came after a strong ski season, when there should have been money to pay the bills, he has said. Shetler has indicated he canceled an end-of-season party for employees as a result of the losses and he canceled improvements planned at Butcher’s.
Joy Natale, who prosecuted Campbell for the Summit County Attorney’s Office, said Shetler and Campbell agreed on the $73,332.11 in restitution. Natale called the sum a "fair amount."
"She was in a position of trust in relation with this business," Natale said, describing Campbell as being "solely responsible for managing the books" and taking "advantage of their trust."
Shetler has said the losses were difficult for the No Name and Butcher’s, but he said after her sentencing business has been good lately and it appears the two places will remain open. The No Name, with its Alamo-shaped building, is especially beloved as a favored watering hole of Parkites and visitors. Butcher’s, meanwhile, is an upscale restaurant and bar situated in a prime spot close to the Town Lift.
David Shapiro, the court-appointed public defender who represented Campbell, said she realized she faced time in jail when she was sentenced. He said she wants to pay the restitution soon after she is released from jail.
"She took the sentence fine. She understood there would be a consequence," Shapiro said, adding, "She’s eager to pay it back as quickly as she can."