Former Forest River employee sentenced for theft

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART Co., Ind.--- A former employee of Forest River convicted of theft learned his fate earlier this afternoon.

Kristian Horn received the maximum sentence of three years for committing theft against Forest River.

Forest River lost a total of more than $95,000 due to the theft.

Horn had been a former purchasing agent for Forest River where, according to prosecutors, Horn ordered specific amounts and types of plywood presumably for his employer, but instead at the direction of Horn the plywood was sold at a discount.

Horn then immediately cashed the check and pocketed a total of $30,000-$40,000 in cash over multiple sales.

Forest River was left with nothing but invoices that had to be paid.

At the sentencing hearing Horn's counsel argued for any time to be served in Community Corrections followed by probation so that Horn could begin to pay back any restitution.

However prosecutors pointed out that Horn had multiple violations of trust in the past including a second theft case out of Kosciusko County where restitution has yet to be paid.

Citing Horn's multiple theft convictions and the amount of money lost by Forest River the court felt that some jail time was warranted.

Horn will serve one year at the Indiana Department of Corrections and two years on the Elkhart County Community Corrections Electronic Monitoring Program. Horn was also ordered to pay restitution.

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