A woman was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay nearly $18 thousand dollars in restitution for embezzling funds from the Neighborhood Center of the Arts in Grass Valley. 41 year old Kristin Glanz appeared before Judge Candace Heidelberger yesterday as about a dozen clients and employees of the center looked on. Glanz had worked as a program assistant at the center and stole funds by using checks, credit and debit cards belonging to the Center of the Arts. Executive Director Amee Medeiros says the violation of trust has shattered her confidence and has turned away a number of potential donors to the program, but now they have some closure.
“For Amy S. and myself, it does bring some completion. It’s a date we’ve been looking forward to coming to to be able to come and let it go, and now we can let it go.”
The Neighborhood Center of the Arts serves about 75 developmentally disabled clients, fostering their creativity in various fields of art. The artwork is then sold to supplement their living expenses. Two Clients were allowed by Judge Heidelberger to speak over objections from defense attorney Keri Klein, and Cindy Benson said “It was bad enough she stole from Amee and the Center, she stole from the handicapped too.”
After sentencing, Glanz was led off in handcuffs to begin her jail sentence. With good behavior the one year sentence could result in 6 months in custody in County Jail followed by 5 years of supervised probation.