Schumann to face an additional charge

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Destiny Dawn Schumann, 26, was taken into custody again on March 12, 2019 after appearing earlier in the day in Grand County court on
a Class 2 misdemeanor charge.

Schumann, executive director at Cliffview Assisted Living Center in Kremmling from July to December of 2018, was originally accused of cashing a money order in the amount of $700 that a resident gave her for monthly rent. She is now accused of taking an additional $700 money order intended for the same resident’s next monthly rent. The total suspected theft now totals $1400, but the possibility of more theft is still under investigation.

Appearing on both charges in county court on Tuesday, she was represented by Public Defender Molly Hampshire. Of the alleged crime, Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Dowdell called Schumann’s use of the money order for her personal use, “a breach of trust…, offensive to the community, and offensive to our elderly…”

Judge Nicholas Cantanzarite took into consideration Schumann’s lack of criminal history, not being a threat to community safety and a low risk of failing to appear as he set a personal recognizance bond of $750. He also gave permission for Schumann to appear at her next court date on April 16 by phone. Earlier Hampshire explained Schumann shares responsibility with her current husband for six children under the age of seven, has in-laws in Grand County, and her family is well-established in Mesa County.

Commenting on a post on the Grand Gazette Facebook page, Schumann wrote from her Destiny Austin account, “I would never hurt my residents and trust me I understand more than anyone how much $700 means to a resident! I’ve an offer (sic) the local PD to return any money with interested (sic) included. All the residents there know how much I cared for them and would never do this.” Later the post, which was screen-shotted, was deleted.

The Kremmling Police Department was alerted to the possibility of the theft from Cliffview administration in February.

During her employment at Cliffview Assisted Living Center, she was an employee of Senior Housing Options which was contracted to operate Cliffview Assisted Living Center. On March 1, Middle Park Health began the management of Cliffview with Mary Jo Hargadine as the new executive director.

Schumann returned to her hometown of Grand Junction and had taken a new position when she was arrested on February 26 in Mesa County on a warrant issued by the Kremmling Police Department.

According to Katie Langford of Grand Junction’s Daily Sentinel, Schumann was hired as executive director of The Lodge in Grand Junction, a new assisted living community set to open this spring.
Langford reported that The Lodge is owned by WellAge Senior Communities, a Denver-based chain of assisted living facilities.

She also reported that Kevin Putman, senior vice president
of operations and development, said Schumann was placed on administrative leave.

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