Maid charged with stealing, cashing checks
Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 28-year-old maid last weekend for allegedly stealing checks from an office she cleaned and cashing them, according to a police report.
Evelyn Yessenia Paredes-Vasquez De Chavez of New Castle later admitted to cashing two checks for a total of $2,300 but said the co-owner of the business the checks were stolen from paid her the money “to be his escort and instructed her to meet him at a casino,” the report states.
“Evelyn (said) that she insisted on getting the money up front and then never met him at the casino,” according to the police report.
Paredes-Vasquez De Chavez was charged with felony forgery and turned herself in at the Pitkin County Jail on Saturday, the report states.
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The owner of the Basalt-area business called the Sheriff’s Office on June 5 to report four or five checks missing from his personal checkbook, which he kept under his desk blotter. Two of those checks were made out to Yessinia Chavez and had been cashed at an Alpine Bank in Grand Junction and another in Frisco, according to the police report.
A Guatemala identification card was used to cash the check in Grand Junction, while a Colorado driver’s license that came back to Paredes-Vasquez De Chavez was used to cash the Frisco check, the report states.
The cleaning service she works for later confirmed that Paredes-Vasquez De Chavez cleaned the office of the Basalt business that was missing the checks, the report states.
After Paredes-Vasquez De Chavez admitted to cashing the checks and saying they were for “escort services,” the investigator received a call from a representative of Catholic Charities in Glenwood Springs, which provides immigration services.
The representative explained that Paredes-Vasquez De Chavez did not steal the checks but was given them for the meeting at the casino. She said Paredes-Vasquez De Chavez would be willing to pay back the money, but it would take some time, according to the police report.
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