Woman who embezzled $300K from film festival given 5 years in prison

Dawna Foxx was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling up to $300,000. (Photo: Summit County District Attorney's Office)

Dawna Foxx was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling up to $300,000. (Photo: Summit County District Attorney's Office)

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A Summit County woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling up to $300,000 from the non-profit Breckenridge Film Festival was sentenced to five years in prison Monday.

According to the District Attorney’s Office in Summit County, Dawna Foxx, 67, also stole thousands of dollars from her ex-husband and his former business partner.

According to court documents, Foxx stole the money through fraudulent checks, credit cards and by writing herself checks from business accounts.

The money was spent at casinos in the area, rental vehicles, airline flights, clothing, gardening supplies and phone and utility bills, said DA spokeswoman Jill Sarmo.

Police were alerted to her forgeries by her ex-husband, according to her arrest affidavit.

Foxx was arrested on Nov. 21 last year and pleaded guilty to charges in June.

She was ordered to pay $110,000 in restitution, $90,000 of which will go to the film festival.

“Ms. Foxx got caught in the henhouse. Her sentence will not only protect other community coops, but sends a message to other would be crooks, that justice doesn’t tolerate taking advantage of charities, businesses and individuals which serve our community honestly,” said District Attorney Bruce Brown in a statement.

The Breckenridge Film Festival is scheduled for Sept. 18-21.