Former realty assistant used fellow employees’ names in scam, cops say
A former office assistant at an Aspen real estate firm was arrested last week after allegedly charging nearly $13,000 on credit cards that were in the names of fellow employees.Andrea Jean Born, 34, is charged with theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device after Carol Ann Jacobson Realty employees reported the alleged crimes last month. Both charges are felonies.Born was the office assistant at Carol Ann Jacobson Realty for three years, and one of her duties was sorting the mail. According to office owner Carol Ann Kopf, the alleged crime was discovered in mid-June, when Born went on vacation and Kopf picked up the office’s mail from the post office.Kopf told police she found notices in the mail from creditors requesting payment from Kopf and her daughter for outstanding credit card debt on accounts they had never applied for. A total of $5,378.05 was due on two credit cards, Kopf said.The employees also told police that they then discovered Born had fraudulently obtained credit cards or spent money from accounts of three other employees at the company. According to an arrest warrant, the charges discovered so far total $12,742.84.According to a May statement from a Visa credit card allegedly used by Born, $3,572.06 worth of charges were made at the Pointe Vedra Resort in Florida, $424 was charged at Victoria’s Secret and $646 was charged at Cashmere Aspen.The employees told police that when confronted with the alleged malfeasance, Born admitted to obtaining the cards, and promised that she was going to try to make payments on the accounts.Born was arrested Thursday and informed of the charges in 9th Judicial District court on Friday. Her bond, initially set at $7,500, was lowered to $5,000. As of Friday evening Born remained in the Pitkin County Jail.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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