Fort Collins accountant pleads guilty
Sarah Jane Kyle
26 June 2016
A Fort Collins accountant accused of stealing from two of her clients took plea deals in two criminal cases against her Monday.
Meredith Kanter, also known as Molly Hoff, appeared before Eighth
Judicial District Judge Devin Odell Monday on 15 felony charges in two
cases alleging she stole money from a Fort Collins nonprofit and a
condo association. Kanter pleaded guilty to one count of theft in each
Her sentence will include probation and paying restitution to both
clients, according to court proceedings Monday. Her sentencing is set
to take place Aug. 14.
Kanter pleaded guilty to an amended count of theft, a Class 4 felony,
in a case alleging she wrote herself five fraudulent checks from
Windtrail Park Condo Association in 2016. According to Kanter's arrest
affidavit, issued Dec. 20, Kanter's business was contracted for the
association's bookkeeping services at the time and had been since April
Windtrail sought a third-party audit of its QuickBooks and bank
accounts after learning of No Barriers' allegations against Kanter.
Through the audit, the association identified five fraudulent checks
Kanter faced 11 felony charges in that case — one count of theft of
$5,000 to $20,000; five counts of identify theft; and five counts of
check forgery. The identity theft and check forgery charges were
dismissed as part of her plea deal.
Kanter pleaded guilty to one count of theft, a Class 3 felony, in a
case alleging she stole from local nonprofit No Barriers USA. Odell
dropped three other charges in that case — one count of computer crime
to commit theft of $20,000 or more; one count of computer crime to
commit theft of $100,000 to $1 million; and one count of identity theft.
The nonprofit had also sued Kanter last summer for allegedly stealing
$208,057.44 from its reserve funds, debit card and credit card accounts
through more than 220 unauthorized transactions, including 106
transactions totaling $69,915.41 from one bank account between May 1,
2014 and Aug. 29, 2015.
The civil lawsuit was closed in November, when Kanter was ordered to pay No Barriers $150,000.