Man Sentenced To 60 Days For Habitat For Humanity Thefts

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former employee of the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity was sentenced to 60 days in jail and a $200 fine for stealing thousands of dollars from the nonprofit organization.

Zachary Lyle Spader, 30, of St. Paul, worked in New Brighton for Habitat for Humanity. According to a criminal complaint, another employee reported possible fraudulent cash returns of materials to Habitat officials.

An investigation was done and officials questioned Spader, who admitted to taking the money.

The group reported Spader stole more than $90,000 from the Habitat for Humanity Restore commercial store from July 2007 to February 2009.

Spader has also been ordered to pay restitution and will be placed on probation for five years.


  • lib

    No wonder people keep commiting crimes over and over if this is all the punishment one receives for thousands of dollars in theft.

  • tom

    Looks like it may be more profitable to become a thief than it is to work. lol, sounds like he would fit right in the goverment. Sad to say but i really think the court system needs to be overhauled also. A 90,000 dollars theft should have landed a 90 day stay in jail, plus restitution plus probation. Sad that this guy will do it again because a judge went easy.

  • Kenni

    lib your right. If this is all criminals get as punishment why not do it again and again.

  • artist

    Ah, If I can steal 90,000 dollars, and only get a 200 dollar fine and sixty days in jail- would I do it? Sadly I don’t know that I’d be able to turn it down.

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