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    Wheat Ridge Woman Sentenced to Jail for Theft from Credit Union

    Former credit union branch manager Yolanda Marie Gonzales, 42, was in Jefferson County court yesterday to be sentenced for stealing almost $80,000 from the Green Mountain Westerra Credit Union in Lakewood where she was employed. Over the objection of the District Attorney, the Judge sentenced Ms. Gonzales to seven years intensive supervision probation with two years in the county jail work release program.

    Yolanda Gonzales was employed as branch manager of the credit union between August 2011 and February 2012. One of her primary responsibilities was to supervise the daily balancing of the credit union’s vault. Gonzales is alleged to have stolen the money by gradually adjusting the figures which reflected the money to be kept in the “extra drawers” in the vault. The credit union kept “extra drawers” in the vault which were used by tellers from other branches who would occasionally fill in at the Lakewood branch. These drawers weren’t used often. Gonzales devised a plan that let her take money from the vault by increasing the amount attributed to the “extra drawers”. During this time, she also moved money into and out of her father’s and her brother’s accounts at the credit union in an attempt to conceal her theft.

    Prosecutors asked for a prison sentence at the hearing on June 13 citing the significant breach of trust committed by Gonzales. However, District Judge Lily Oeffler said that she found a prison sentence to be too harsh in this case. The judge indicated that she found the situation perplexing in that Gonzales had no criminal history, no apparent drug or alcohol problems and having worked her way up through the company.

    Gonzales was indicted by a grand jury in September 2012. She pled guilty to Theft over $20,000 (F3) on December 12, 2012.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    June 14, 2013

    Yolanda Gonzales

    Last Updated: 6-14-2013
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