The cases of two women accused of a fraudulent check-cashing operation in November were treated in different ways Monday in Pitkin County District Court.
Elizabeth Jaramillo-Dominguez, 18, who also goes by the name Daniela Elizabeth Jaramillo-Dominguez, pleaded guilty to felony theft and received a two-year deferred judgment in the case. She also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft in a different case, which involved an incident at City Market grocery in Aspen, and received a 90-day sentence in the Pitkin County Jail.
Prosecutor Andrea Bryan said Jaramillo-Dominguez will be eligible to leave the jail through a work-release program should she find employment. Jaramillo-Dominguez already has served 145 days in the local jail.
Meanwhile, her alleged partner in the check-forgery incident — in which both received $6,000 in cash in a single day by cashing stolen checks, according to police — did not show up for a scheduled court appearance Monday. Because of that absence, District Judge Gail Nichols issued a warrant for the arrest of Elsa Eva Murillo-Ramirez, 40, also known as Elsa Murillo-Gonzales.
Murillo-Ramirez faces felony and misdemeanor charges for her supposed role in the November check forgeries in addition to other local incidents, including an arrest related to a theft at the Thrift Store of Aspen. Murillo-Ramirez posted bond earlier this year and was released from the Pitkin County Jail. She also faces status as a habitual offender, meaning that if she is convicted she would receive additional jail time.
Aspen police statements in support of arrest warrants state that Jaramillo-Dominguez, with help from Murillo-Ramirez, presented forged checks to Alpine Bank in Aspen and other branches downvalley in late November. In all, they netted $6,000, police said. Murillo-Ramirez is believed to have planned the caper.
On Nov. 26, Alpine Bank’s fraud department, based in Glenwood Springs, contacted police. The bank sent an Aspen police officer several photographs of the two women from when they were inside the Aspen branch.
Police said the checks belonged to a part-time Aspenite who had employed Murillo-Ramirez as a housekeeper.
At the time of their arrests, the women were roommates in Carbondale.