Socialite faces three more fraud charges |

Socialite faces three more fraud charges

Joel StoningtonAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN A New York socialite facing four felony fraud charges in Pitkin County is in even bigger trouble.Assistant district attorney Gail Nichols on Monday added three new charges of theft to the case against Glenda Chesshir.Chesshir, 46, pleaded not guilty Monday to all seven felony charges after her attorney argued the new charges were a retaliatory measure.”It’s apparent the district attorney is moving to add the new charges because Ms. Chesshir declined a plea agreement,” Saskia Jordan said, adding that Chesshir was charged with the first four felonies in May. “The passage of this much time is prejudicial to the defense.”Pitkin County District Judge James Boyd disagreed, allowing the addition of the new charges. Nichols would not discuss whether her office had offered a plea agreement.Chesshir is accused of swindling Aspenite Carole Schutter out of nearly $120,000. According to Schutter, none of the money she sent to Chesshir to be invested was ever invested; when Schutter asked for her money back, Chessir sent her bad checks, according to court documents.Chesshir was arrested in late July at her charity event in the Hamptons for Sept. 11 victims. The $200-a-ticket party, “Lobsters, libations and live music surfside under the stars,” benefitted the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.Chesshir is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 16 at 3 p.m.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is