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Former Valley View Hospital administrator sentenced in theft case

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO, Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Former Valley View Hospital employee Lisa Mack, who admitted to stealing approximately $177,000 from another hospital employee, was sentenced on Tuesday to 50 days in jail, eight years of probation and restitution to the victimized employee.

Mack, 43, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two of four counts of felony theft, involving allegations that she stole $226,000 from the hospital and from her daughter-in-law, Michelle Sandel, whom Mack had hired in 2009 to work in the hospital’s finance department.

The thefts allegedly included unauthorized mileage payments, and overpayments of wages to Sandel, as part of a kickback scheme that involved Mack saying she would put money aside to pay Sandel’s taxes.

Mack admitted stealing the money from Sandel but denied stealing from the hospital. The counts involving the hospital were dropped as part of a plea bargain with the District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors recommended that she spend 180 days in jail, while the Probation Department recommended that the 180-day jail term be suspended to permit Mack to work and pay off her restitution fee of $177,000.

jcolson@postindependent.com