Thursday, August 4, 2011

Second Brighton City Employee Arrested for Theft and Embezzlement

Quentin Rivera
Last Friday afternoon, July 29, after regular business hours, a City of Brighton employee reported she was the victim of a robbery at City Hall. The employee, Bernadette Haigh, reported cash and processed checks belonging to the City of Brighton, intended for bank deposit were taken.

The investigation by City of Brighton detectives determined the report was a hoax and Haigh took the deposits herself and gave them to an accomplice.

As a result of the on-going investigation, it was suspected a second city employee in the city utilities department had taken city funds.

This afternoon, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for 35-year-old Quentin Rivera, a city employee since October 2007. Charges of Theft and Embezzlement, a felony for involving public funds, were accepted by the District Attorney’s office.
Rivera is in custody and will be taken to the Adams County Detention Center; his bail is set at $2,500.

On Wednesday, the District Attorney filed charges of Theft, Embezzlement and False Reporting against Haigh. Haigh remains in-custody; her bail was set at $5,000.

The City of Brighton continues to audit receipts from the past week to insure all payments made to the city were properly credited to customers and residents.

If customers or residents have questions about a recent payment to the city they may call 303-655-2000.

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