Embezzlement: Tahoe man gets 3 months
November 15, 2005
A South Lake Tahoe basketball referee was ordered Tuesday to serve three months in Douglas County Jail as part of his probation for taking more than $100,000 from Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park.
District Judge Dave Gamble suspended a five-year sentence in Nevada State Prison for Steven Kolesnik and placed him on five years probation.
He ordered the 44-year-old former park manager to serve three months in jail “to help the young men and women you referee know there are consequences to crime besides humiliation.”
Gamble refused to give Kolesnik a week to get his affairs in order before serving his sentence.
Kolesnik has repaid $55,000 and agreed to pay another $9,000 at $300 a month.
Prosecutor Derrick Lopez said the victims agreed to the total in part because their insurance repaid $25,000. They agreed to forego $13,000 on the condition that Kolesnik not be allowed to repeat his crime.
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“I want to apologize for my actions and stupid decisions to the park, the owners, my family and my community,” Kolesnik said. “I pretty much have no dignity or respect left and I would like to earn it back.”
Routsis said Kolesnik had a gambling problem.
“He lost a $7,500 cash advance for one of his tenants that he says was stolen or misplaced. He tried to get it back by gambling and that began the downward spiral,” Routsis said.
Gamble ordered Kolesnik to stay out of gambling establishments and to attend three Gamblers Anonymous meetings a week after his release from jail.
He must abstain from drugs and alcohol and is ordered to inform employers of his conviction.