Chairwoman of charity event faces fraud charges in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Chairwoman of charity event faces fraud charges in Aspen

Chad Abraham

A New York City socialite who faces fraud charges in Pitkin County was arrested Saturday at a charity event for Sept. 11 victims that she was chairing in the Hamptons.New York authorities took Glenda Chesshir, 46, of Manhattan, into custody at the fourth annual White Party Clam Bake on a beach in Amagansett. A website for the advocacy group Voices of September 11th lists her as one of the event’s chairwomen.The $200-a-ticket party benefited children of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. The company lost nearly 700 of its employees in the terrorist attacks. The fund provides aid and support to victims’ families.Locally, Chesshir is charged with four counts of felony fraud. An Aspen woman said in a victim impact statement that Chesshir “represented herself as [an] investment banker and defrauded me of $112,800.”In 2003, police say, she wrote bad checks to the woman, who wired Chesshir $50,000 on March 7 of that year. On June 18, 2003, the victim wired three payments to Chesshir totaling $62,800.The suspect was apparently in jail until Tuesday, when her Denver law firm was able to arrange to pay her $6,000 bond. The process involved local prosecutors canceling an arrest warrant issued May 9. Chesshir is due in court Aug. 21.She was also a chairwoman of a Manhattan benefit in 2005 for A Caring Hand. The charity raises funds to provide educational opportunities and bereavement counseling to children who have lost a parent, according to its website.Saturday’s party, which offered “lobsters, libations and live music surfside under the stars,” began at 7 p.m. Chesshir was arrested around 7:30.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com

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