Former Colorado nonprofit exec pleads guilty to theft

A former nonprofit director accused of stealing more than $73,000 from a charity pleaded guilty to theft Monday in Fremont County, Colorado, District Court.

Andrea L. Hammond, 41, pleaded guilty to felony theft from Family Crisis Services, an agency that helps victims of domestic abuse. A plea agreement calls for an open sentence of up to four years in prison.

Public Defender Riley Selleck asked for a community corrections screen for Hammond. Deputy District Attorney Stacey Turner said she will request a restitution hearing as well.

Hammond was accused of using a Family Crisis Services credit card for gambling at casinos and personal purchases. She also received payroll overages during her stint as director from 2009-11.

Hammond was taken into custody by Wyoming authorities last July after a 10-month investigation. She is being held on $250,000 bail pending sentencing March 25.

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