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Nature center to get full restitution


By Judy Reed

It’s going to take nine years, but the Howard Christensen Nature Center will be getting back the $16,812 embezzled by a former director.

David Kieft was charged in February with one count of embezzlement over $1,000 but less thank $20,000 of a non-profit or charity. He later pled no contest to attempted embezzlement as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced in June to three years probation; 90 days in jail at the end of his probation; 200 hours of work crew in lieu of 100 days in jail (that is separate from the 90 days he will serve at the end of probation); and restitution. At the time, restitution was set at $4,000, but the Nature Center contested it because they had evidence of much more than that.

The restitution hearing was held on September 17 before Judge Sullivan in 17th Circuit Court. Kieft and his lawyer agreed to the larger amount of restitution as long as the Nature Center did not file a civil claim. 

The Internal Revenue Service has their own investigation yet to complete, so there could possibly be more charges yet to come.

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