Aspen bookkeeper charged with fleecing real estate agent
The Aspen Times
An Aspen bookkeeper was arrested Friday and charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from a local real estate agent, according to court documents.
Lindsay Lundberg, 37, faces charges of felony theft and felony computer crimes and was released on a $5,000 bond Friday.
Lundberg’s employer, a Sotheby’s property broker, first called police on July 20 to report the crimes, according to an arrest warrant. He said Lundberg had access to all of his finances and had permission to pay herself via computer twice a month from his account.
However, after conducting an audit of his account, he noticed Lundberg had paid herself four times in May, nine times in June and once in July, four days after the final June payment, the warrant states. The total amount of those payments was $20,730.
The broker showed police texts from Lundberg, including one in which she said she had to pay an old tax bill and would work the rest of the year for no salary.
“I can’t trust you to work with me,” the alleged victim wrote. “Please help me understand why you thought you could do this.”
Lundberg texted back, “I don’t have a good explanation. I don’t know why I thought this was okay.”
“Oh lord …” the broker texted back.
Lundberg initially told the man she would pay him back by withdrawing funds from her 401(k) account, but by July 13 she stopped returning his calls, the warrant states. Lundberg spoke with the realtor’s attorney by email as well but also stopped communicating with him.
Lundberg turned herself in to police Friday and posted the bond.
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