N.Y. socialite avoids jail
ASPEN A New York socialite convicted of check fraud was handed a two-year deferred sentence Monday in a move District Judge James Boyd acknowledged was “unusual.” Glenda Chesshir, 46, originally faced seven felony charges. As part of a plea bargain, she pleaded guilty to one charge – for writing a bad check for $27,800 to Carole Schutter of Aspen in 2005.The sentence was unusual for two reasons: Chesshir received a deferred sentence for a similar crime a decade ago, and because the sum of money involved in the most recent crime was so large. Chesshir originally was accused of swindling Schutter out of nearly $120,000, which Pitkin County prosecutor Gail Nichols said she used to buy airplane tickets, flowers and other personal items. When Schutter asked for her money back, Chesshir sent her a bad check.Chesshir was arrested in late July in the Hamptons at a charity event for 9/11 victims. The $200-a-ticket party, “Lobsters, libations and live music surfside under the stars,” benefited the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.According to Nichols, Chesshir has repaid all of the money stolen from Schutter. And though Schutter originally requested prison time for Chesshir, she did not appear at Monday’s sentencing. Chesshir’s lawyer, Saskia Jordan, said Chesshir was under duress at the time of the crime – partly because of being in New York on 9/11, and partly because of an alcohol problem.”I didn’t know how bad I had become,” said Chesshir. “It won’t happen again.”Boyd said Monday he understood there were “some extenuating circumstances.”According to Nichols, Chesshir is now living with her parents in Texas and earning $1,100 a month working in the family business. As part of her sentence, Chesshir is barred from working in the investment and securities field. Joel Stonington can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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