Aspen woman admits writing bad checks, faces felony
January 10, 2017
A woman arrested Monday was charged with felony check fraud for allegedly writing thousands of dollars in fake rent checks for a condominium in Snowmass Village, according to police.
Jessica Hartman, 46, admitted to police that she repeatedly wrote fraudulent checks to the owner of the condo and submitted misleading financial statements to make him think she had money to pay him, Snowmass Village police allege in court documents.
Hartman allegedly didn't pay rent in December 2015 and January, February and March 2016, according to the documents. Her arrest warrant has been active since April, though she was arrested by Pitkin County sheriff's deputies Monday.
At one point, Hartman told the condo owner she had to travel to Michigan to retrieve money from a trust fund to pay the $10,500 she owed him. When she returned to Snowmass Village in March, she sent the owner a bank statement indicating $11,000 had been deposited into the account, the documents state.
However, when a Snowmass Village police officer called the bank, a teller told him the account contained "far less than $11,000," according to the documents.
In April, Hartman told the officer she was aware her account didn't have sufficient funds when she wrote the checks to her landlord, the documents state.
"Hartman stated that she intentionally wrote the fraudulent checks," according to the documents.
She also admitted she sent the financial statement to buy time and knew she had already given the money to her daughter by the time it was sent, the documents state.
District Judge Chris Seldin ordered Hartman held in lieu of a $500 cash only bond or a $1,000 cash or surety bond.