Colorado woman receives deferred sentence in 7k embezzlement


A Craig woman who pleaded guilty recently to two charges of theft from a local dentist’s office received a deferred sentence in Moffat County District Court on Wednesday.

Beverly Jean Kostur, 44, declined to comment during the sentencing portion of her hearing.

Kostur originally faced 23 felony charges of theft and forgery for embezzling as much as $7,200 from dentist John Ilko of Craig in separate incidents dating back to January 2003, according to court documents.

Chief District Judge Michael O’Hara ruled that Kostur’s felony charge of theft be deferred after completing four years of successful probation. The misdemeanor theft charge was not subject to deferment. She also must pay restitution.

The ruling reflects the terms of a plea agreement.

Sally Ilko, dentist John Ilko’s wife, who attended Wednesday’s hearing, said it was a “sad” ordeal, because Kostur had been like family at the dentist’s office.

Kostur is no longer an employee there.

“It’s sad,” Sally Ilko said tearfully.

“She was like our daughter. She was loved by all of us.”

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