Aspen embezzlement suspect arrested in L.A. |

Aspen embezzlement suspect arrested in L.A.

A former Aspen resident was arrested Friday in Los Angeles for allegedly embezzling over $24,000 from local architect Harry Teague.

Mindy Beamon, 31, is charged with three counts of theft and two counts of forgery. She was being held at the Los Angeles County Jail while awaiting extradition to Colorado.

According to the arrest affidavit, Beamon was a receptionist and personal assistant to Teague when the alleged theft occurred. Teague’s wife, Karin, told police in May she believed Beamon was stealing from Harry Teague’s personal checking account by forging checks, making unauthorized withdrawals and taking cash from deposits.

Karin Teague alleged that Beamon had concealed the thefts by removing the carbon copies from the checkbooks and removing the copies of the checks from the bank statements. She also told police that Beamon admitted that she had been stealing from the architectural firm since “fall of 2002.”

According to court records, Harry Teague told police one of his employees found a carbon copy of one of Teague’s checks in the office’s garage. It was allegedly made out to Beamon’s boyfriend at the time. Teague said the information led him to investigate his checking account and learn of the suspected embezzlement.

According to an inventory of checks and deposits, a total of $24,103.78 was allegedly stolen.

According to the affidavit, police found that a number of the firm’s checkbooks were missing, and that in others, carbon copies were missing from the checks that Beamon allegedly forged. Police contacted Beamon by phone on May 30, and she allegedly said she knew why police were calling her and that she wanted to “make things right.”

She allegedly said she took money from Teague that she wasn’t authorized to take and said she had lupus and needed to pay for treatment.

Beamon was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport. According to Aspen Police Detective Jim Crowley, although the warrant for Beamon’s arrest was issued on Oct. 17, the district attorney made arrangements with Beamon’s attorney for the suspect to turn herself in.

Beamon was living in the Joplin, Mo., area when the arrest warrant was issued.

Crowley said Beamon’s husband convinced her to move to Australia to avoid being arrested when the warrant was issued. Crowley said Beamon was in Australia for a while, and last Friday when she flew into Los Angeles, customs officials checked her record and discovered the warrant.

Crowley said Beamon was arrested at the airport. He said he is still looking into whether she embezzled more money than she is charged with during her employment at Harry Teague Architects.

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