George Timlin, a former treasurer for Crime Stoppers, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison on charges of embezzlement.
Timlin, 67, embezzled at least $100,000 for at least five years beginning in 2005. He served as board treasurer for more than 20 years and worked as a CPA, but his license expired in 1990.
He originally pleaded not guilty in August when prosecutors said he wrote checks to himself from the Crime Stoppers account. In November, Timlin pleaded guilty.
In addition to the prison sentence, Timlin must also pay restitution to Crime Stoppers.
He asked for probation but the judge said he must serve prison time.
In court Timlin didn't say much at all to the judge before he was sentenced.
He just said he was "ashamed" and had feelings of “deep remorse.”
His lawyer reminded the judge of the charitable boards Timlin served on but the judge said it was no excuse for stealing the money.
“I looked up to him,” says Crime Stoppers Board President Jim Wensits. “I considered him to be a trusted colleague so I was really disappointed when that trust was breached.
For at least 5 years he stole more than 100 thousand dollars, writing checks to himself without any oversight. Timlin's attorney asked for probation.. But the judge said he couldn't overlook the fact Timlin was committing a crime for years and ignoring the organization's own mission.
“This goes beyond, mitigating factors,” says Lt. Cindy Kilgore with Crime Stoppers. This goes beyond terrible mistakes. A wise good man made. This was a period of behavior, of criminal behavior, for a very long time.”
Timlin asked for probation because his wife had a stroke last year. His attorney said he's the only person staying home with her and wanted to be able to stay and take care of her.
Crime Stoppers now have another board member serving as an auditor to check the finances.