Local woman facing check fraud charges | AspenTimes.com

Local woman facing check fraud charges

Tim Mutrie

Aspen police arrested a Woody Creek woman on three felony counts of forgery and two felony counts of fraud by check Tuesday.

She allegedly wrote bad checks to the tune of about $10,000 against two overdrawn Alpine Bank accounts.

Susan Thomas, 49, was booked into the Pitkin County Jail Tuesday and released later that day on a $25,000 bond.

Police allege that Thomas received 19 overdraft notices from Alpine Bank notifying her of the overdrawn accounts in April and May 1998. Nonetheless, Thomas continued to write checks against the accounts, according to a report detailing Thomas’ alleged crimes prepared by investigator Glenn Schaffer of the Aspen Police Department.

One of Thomas’ overdrawn Alpine Bank accounts was a joint account, accessible also by Christina Perri, Thomas’ daughter, and three of the bad checks against the account were purportedly signed by Perri, according the report.

Officer Schaffer contacted Thomas in late February 1999 to confront her about the activities of her accounts. Thomas admitted to signing her daughter’s name to three bad checks, according to the report. All the other checks in question were signed by “Susan Thomas.”

Thomas explained to Schaffer that she had been expecting a sizable deposit into one account, via wire transfer, according to the police report. As for the other account, Thomas said that the overdrawn account was not her fault. She said a credit card processing company, which allows a merchant to accept payment by credit cards, was charging her account unbeknownst to her, the report said.

Upon inquiry, Schaffer found the credit card processing company’s charges did not account for the overdrawn account, his report states.

Thomas must appear in Pitkin County’s 9th Judicial District Court on Monday, March 29, as a condition of her bond.

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