Aspen bookkeeper gets probation for theft |

Aspen bookkeeper gets probation for theft

Staff report

An Aspen bookkeeper was sentenced to two years probation Tuesday for embezzling nearly $30,000 from her employer last year.

Lindsay Lundberg, 37, previously pleaded guilty to felony theft and will have to pay back $28,472 to a local real estate agent as part of the sentence. She also will have to undergo random drug and alcohol testing, take a mental health evaluation and write a letter of apology to the victim.

Lundberg’s employer, a Sotheby’s broker, reported to police in July that Lundberg had permission to pay herself twice a month for doing his accounting. However, he noticed in an audit that she paid herself four times in May, nine times in June and once in July, just four days after the last June payment, according to court documents.

“Please help me understand why you thought you could do this,” the broker texted Lundberg at the time.

“I don’t have a good explanation,” Lundberg texted back. “I don’t know why I thought this was okay.”

Prosecutor Andrea Bryan said that comment raised red flags and could point to “a larger issue that needs to be addressed.”

Mark Rubinstein, Lundberg’s attorney, said the embezzlement had to do with a tax liability.