Forger gets jail, 3 years probation
A former part-time receptionist at Carol Dopkin Real Estate in Aspen was sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years’ probation Monday for a forgery scheme that netted upwards of $11,000 from her employer and two other individuals.
Amy Jane Vogel, 24, formerly of Aspen, pleaded guilty in January to one count of forgery.
In a statement to Judge J.E. DeVilbiss on Monday, Vogel tearfully said that she had a drug and alcohol problem that prompted her to commit “a very serious crime.”
She also said the is “clean and sober” now and concluded, “I am completely ready to face the consequences of my crime.”
Vogel, who has been living in Hawaii, turned herself in to Aspen authorities in April 2000 and was later released from the Pitkin County Jail on a $7,500 bond.
According to statements in court Monday, Vogel stole four checks from Carol Dopkin Real Estate, wrote them out for a total of $10,500 and signed Carol Dopkin’s signature, then cashed each check, keeping the money for herself.
Vogel was hired by the real estate firm on Sept. 9, 1999, according to court documents, and worked there until about the end of October 1999.
Judge J.E. DeVilbiss, before handing down the sentence, noted that one of the four Dopkin checks, forged in November 1999, was written after she had left the Dopkin agency.
She also forged checks belonging to two other individuals, for a total of $11,750 in stolen funds, the judge reported.
Carol Dopkin told the court that “the whole incident had a big impact on me personally and my office.”
Although she did not urge the judge to sent Vogel to jail, Dopkin said, “I want Amy to know that it was a terrible invasion.”
The judge, echoing another statement made by Dopkin, said, “I don’t want Ms. Vogel to take it lightly either.”
He ordered her to spend 10 days in the Pitkin County Jail, during which she will be able to work off part of the 80 hours of community service that is part of her sentence.
She also will have to stay drug- and alcohol-free during her probation, submit to random urine analysis testing and inform any prospective employers that she was convicted of forgery.
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