Deferred judgment in Aspen drug-fraud case |

Deferred judgment in Aspen drug-fraud case

ASPEN – A Basalt woman was given a two-year deferred sentence Tuesday for writing phony subscriptions to obtain drugs from an Aspen pharmacy.

As part of the plea deal, Laurie Lynn Reno, 30, agreed to spend one year at a

substance-abuse rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, Calif.

“I think she deserves a chance. … And if she does not take advantage of her chance, she goes to prison, as far as the people are concerned,” said deputy district attorney Arnold Mordkin.

Reno’s sentencing hearing took place before Judge Gail Nichols in Pitkin County District Court.

As part of the plea agreement, Mordkin dropped felony theft charges against Reno, who also had been accused of ringing up $13,000 in charges on a credit card that belonged to an Aspen doctor.

While that charge was dropped, a restitution hearing on the matter has been set for a later date.

Aspen police arrested Reno in early April, coming after her arrest last year on suspicion of swiping underwear and other goods last year from two Aspen homes where she worked as a nanny. Last year’s case was dropped this week after Reno’s father agreed to pay back the victims.

Reno was represented by public defender Tina Fang.

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