Former AVLT bookkeeper hires top defense attorney from Denver
A woman who is facing theft charges for allegedly embezzling funds from a nonprofit conservation group has hired one of the best-known criminal defense attorneys in Denver to defend her.Carmen T. Andrews recently retained the Denver law firm of Gerash and Brown, according to documents filed in Garfield County District Court. Walter Gerash, one of the partners, has represented clients in numerous high-profile criminal cases in Colorado, including John Denver’s DUI case in Pitkin County in the mid-1990s.No attorney from the firm has filed an entry of appearance yet in the case so it’s unknown whether Gerash himself will handle it. Andrews was previously represented by Dan Shipp of Basalt.Andrews was arrested by Carbondale police in May for using her position as a former bookkeeper with the Aspen Valley Land Trust to allegedly steal money from the organization. She is facing three charges of felony theft.Police claim Andrews opened a bank account without the knowledge of her boss, then used the funds for personal expenses. She also allegedly tapped legitimate AVLT credit cards and bank accounts for personal use between April 2002 and March 2004, according to an arrest affidavit by Carbondale investigators.Andrews hasn’t entered a plea yet in the case. A hearing scheduled for Thursday where she would have heard the charges against her and possibly entered a plea was postponed until next month.Judge Peter Craven continued the case, in part to await the results of a psychologist’s report on Andrews, according to court documents.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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