Charges lowered in Aspen counterfeit case |

Charges lowered in Aspen counterfeit case

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A California man inched closer Tuesday to striking a deal with Aspen prosecutors for handing out phony $100 bills.

Christian Gaxiola appeared in Pitkin County Court, where the case is in the process of being transferred from district court. County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely said she could not preside over the new misdemeanor theft charges without District Judge James Boyd’s approval of a motion to transfer the case.

Gaxiola’s attorney, Chip McCrory, told Fernandez-Ely his client “passed out two fake $100 bills.” Gaxiola turned himself into Aspen police in September after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was originally charged with two counts of felony forgery.

Gaxiola, 30, is expected to be sentenced March 9.

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