Allison Butler Coyle pleads guilty to embezzling from 3 businesses
September 26, 2013
Allison Butler Coyle pleaded guilty to six felony charges for theft and forgery.
Between 2007 and 2013, Coyle worked as a bookkeeper for various employers around the valley, including a hospitality company that rents party supplies, prosecutors said.
When that company's managers and owners of that hospitality company found a discrepancy of thousands of dollars, they hired an accountant to examine their books.
The accountant found about $60,000 missing from the hospitality company. Coyle transferred the funds from the company's accounts and also wrote checks to herself, prosecutors said.
More than two dozen people from those three local businesses packed the courtroom as District Court Judge Thomas Moorhead heard Coyle admit she was guilty.
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Coyle, dressed in orange clothes, answered "Yes, your honor" two dozen times as Moorhead read the list of charges and whether she understood the charges to which she was pleading guilty.
When Moorhead was satisfied with her guilty plea, he sent her back to the Eagle County jail, where she'll stay until she's sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Moorhead said he might consider community corrections, an incarceration program that would allow Coyle to work and repay the money she admits she stole.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vail daily.com.