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Zachary Lyle Spader sentenced for swindling Habitat for Humanity

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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