“So, I gave them a gift?” a visibly annoyed Gunter asked the judge.
Wall reiterated the amount agreed to in court was the restitution she expects will be paid. “That means you need a more aggressive plan to get that amount paid,” she said, noting he only has four years left now to pay the full amount.
“Isaiah’s Place is saying, ‘I haven’t seen one payment of restitution.’ The court has to look out for the victim,” Wall said.
Gunter pleaded to grand theft and was sentenced in August 2019 to five years of community control with conditions including paying the restitution.
His sister, Kelley Gunter, 55, of Troy pleaded to aggravated theft and also received five years of community control. Her agreed to restitution was for $110,000. A hearing for Kelley Gunter, now accused of violating her community control conditions for not paying restitution of $1,833 a month, not paying supervision fees and failing to obtain and maintain full time employment was scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30, but continued because she has new lawyers, according to court documents.
Kelley Gunter was Isaiah’s Place’s executive director while her brother was the fiscal officer.
Wall told Matthew Gunter she would review his case again in 60 days to see if he starts making consistent payments toward restitution. If that doesn’t occur, she reminded him she could impose a local jail sentence or terminate his community control and put him in prison. “That is not in anyone’s best interest,” Wall said.
Isaiah’s Place was founded in 2003 and is a Christian-based agency that works with foster agencies in 15 counties.
It has been under new administrators and a new board since early 2017.