No decision in former ECHO head sentencing hearing

Tenbarge sentencing continued

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The sentencing hearing for former Echo Housing Corporation Executive Director, Stephanie TenBarge was held Friday, but the judge needs more time.

He says he needs more time to determine the amount of loss and restitution.

TenBarge pleaded guilty in August 2020. She was indicted in Feb. 2019 on federal theft charges.

Officials say she embezzled funds from ECHO from 2015 to 2017 by making unauthorized payments to herself, using Echo funds to pay for personal goods, services and property taxes, and issuing unauthorized payroll checks to herself.

In court Friday, federal prosecutors said in their closing statements they believe the amount of loss in the case is $102,000. Attorneys for TenBarge think otherwise.

“We dispute the amount of loss,” said TenBarge’s attorney Josh Orem. “We think that Stephanie was using quite a bit- she was really providing cash flow and putting quite a few of her personal expenses into the organization, so we definitely dispute the governments amount of loss.”

The next date is set for Tues. Feb 16 at 1 p.m.

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