A disgraced Colorado Springs real estate broker who admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from landlords and tenants was sentenced Monday to probation, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced.
Holly Jeanette Dalton, 45, was arrested March 10 and pleaded guilty Oct. 2 to theft between $20,000 and $100,000, a felony, court records show.
Police said Dalton, owner of local property management and real estate firm Encore Properties LLC, stole the money by withholding rent money and damage deposits to use for her own benefit.
She was sentenced to four years of economic crime probation, the DA's Office said. She also was ordered by Judge Theresa Cisneros to submit to a substance abuse evaluation, pay restitution, complete 100 hours of community service, maintain full-time employment and write letters of apology to her victims.
While on probation, Dalton may not work in the real estate or property management fields, the judge said.
In December, El Paso County agreed to a $15,000 payout after Dalton threatened to sue over an alleged assault in a courthouse holding cell.
Two sheriff's deputies placed Dalton in a holding cell with a "mentally unstable person" who nearly choked her to death, according to a letter from her attorney that the county received Nov. 3.
The alleged assault happened in early May, after Dalton, who was out on bail on the theft charge, was rearrested on suspicion of an additional count of theft between $2,000 and $5,000. Her attorney, Alison Ruttenberg of Boulder, told The Gazette the second charge was due to a clerical error, and records show it was dismissed on May 3.
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