Zachary Lyle Spader sentenced for swindling Habitat for Humanity

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Zachary Lyle Spader: Not a do-gooder.
Habitat for Humanity is in the business of making people's lives better by helping them build their own homes.

Zachary Lyle Spader, a Habitat employee, was in the business of making the organization's life worse: He swindled it out of $90,000.

We told you about this guy last year. As manager of Habitat's ReStore in New Brighton, which sells building materials, Spader would accept store returns for cash and then funnel the money into his own pocket.

He confessed to supervisors in May after auditors found tens of thousands of dollars unaccounted for, and was fired in pretty short order once the scope of the crime became apparent.

Spader pleaded guilty in March to one count of theft by swindle in deal that also dimissed two other charges. Yesterday he learned his sentence: 60 days in jail, five years of probation, and an order to pay restitution.

But that may not be the end of the story. The charges only covered the 17 months that Spader worked at the New Brighton store once it moved moved there from North Minneapolis. Police say there may be evidence against Spader predating the move.

Related: Zachary Spader's alleged Habitat for Humanity swindle may bring more charges

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Don't you wish you could build a home with the best of the best materials being used for it's construction? Hey, "it's recycled" or "green" so pay no attention to the cost.$90,000 is a drop in the bucket when looking a potential savings in building materials. Save on labor, but offset savings with material costs. Probably gives them a "tingly feeling up their leg"14.1% of their budget is spent on fund raising. Per a group that rates charitable organizations, Habitat for Humanity ranks at 34% for efficiency rating on spending their funds.

Don't get me wrong, I think this group does Gods work, and there is a special place in Hell for fools like Zachary. Good luck coming up with 90k in restitution Zack.

Stunned Friend
Stunned Friend

Zach, hun I'm stunned. I've read a few different version of this story, I just can't believe it. You're so kind and gentle, this is a shock.

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