Frommer to appear in court today
ASPEN Peter Frommer is scheduled to appear in Pitkin County District Court Monday for a preliminary hearing, facing 28 felony charges and one misdemeanor.Frommer, who left a trail of civil litigation in his native California and allegedly wrote a string of bad checks in Aspen during a visit last December, said Friday he’ll be at the hearing. A preliminary hearing is held by a judge to determine if the prosecution has enough probable cause to take the defendant to trial. Frommer is out on a $40,000 bond and has been traveling between California and Aspen in recent weeks. He said he will be represented by a public defender in court.Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols will try to prove probable cause Monday on three class-three felonies: theft in a series for the alleged string of bad checks; theft from Alden Richards of Basalt; and theft from U.S. Bank, where Frommer allegedly cashed bad checks and withdrew funds on the deposits before the checks cleared.
Nichols said if there was probable cause in the cases, Frommer would be asked to enter a plea as early as mid-July.Frommer would not comment on how he plans to plead.”He’s always showed, so I’m assuming he’ll continue to show,” Nichols said Friday, saying she had no fear Frommer would flee.And Frommer said he plans to pay back what he owes and clear his name before opening a branch of his wireless Internet provider in Aspen.
“I want my name cleared,” Frommer said of allegations in Aspen. “That’s still my number one goal is to continue making payments to these people until they are complete.”Frommer said his attorney in California contacted the Hotel Jerome and offered to pay the backlog of bounced checks from last December’s Aspen visit, but hotel officials first declined because of the pending litigation and later said they would accept payment, he said.And while Frommer said he hasn’t paid the two baby sitters who won small-claims suits against him for nonpayment of service, he plans to.”If he pays back, that would be great. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the counts would be dismissed,” Nichols said.
“We’re actually up with our main circuits in Aspen,” Frommer said of plans for providing wireless Internet service in town, but he wants to avoid a repeat of the situation in California where he alleged the people he owes money are undermining his business there.”I want this stuff to clear up. And I don’t want the same thing to happen in Aspen,” Frommer said.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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