Woman stole from Swaner
A former Swaner EcoCenter employee was sentenced to spend 90 days in jail for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 from the Park City nonprofit.
"It’s been a long wait," Swaner Chief Executive Officer Colleen Rush said in a prepared statement. "But we are grateful to the authorities for their thorough investigation and prosecution, and we feel that justice has been served."
Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Christine Maple April 17, Rush said.
Maple pleaded guilty to three felony counts of theft and forgery, Rush explained.
Judge Bruce Lubeck ordered her to pay $32,500 in restitution and serve 90 days in jail, which begins Sept. 22, Rush said.
"Most small nonprofits can’t dedicate the time and effort necessary to prosecute felons such as Christine Maple," Rush said. "We felt that it was our responsibility to protect our community, and possibly other local organizations, from a similar fate."
Swaner EcoCenter is a non-profit land trust with about 1,200 acres in the Snyderville Basin.
"After we publicly announced the theft last year, the community rallied behind us, and helped us stay on track with our exciting Swaner EcoCenter project," stated Sumner Swaner, chairman of the Swaner board of trustees about a 10,000-square-foot education facility under construction at Kimball Junction. "The community support has been incredible, and we can’t wait to unveil the EcoCenter and show Park City how grateful we are, and how one person’s unethical actions can’t derail an entire community’s big dream."
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