The Frommer waltz is growing stale | AspenTimes.com

The Frommer waltz is growing stale

Aspen, CO Colorado

Is anyone sick to the point of nausea with the check-fraud case of Peter Frommer? We admit that we are.

Apparently, so is Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin, who said after a brief court hearing Monday that “I’m tired of this.”

Amen. So let’s be done with it.

Frommer, who was first arrested nearly two years ago after allegedly writing a string of bad checks in Aspen, has been tying up the courts and costing taxpayers money ever since. On Monday, Mordkin offered Frommer the opportunity to take one of two plea deals or to stand trial. This legal ballet has already gone on too long, but we applaud Mordkin for saying, essentially, take it or leave it.

At one point, Frommer was charged with 30 felony counts of fraud (and that’s not to mention the millions of dollars he is alleged to have conned out of investors in his native California). The estimated total amount of money involved in Colorado was $160,000, roughly $60,000 of which has been repaid. Mordkin insists that the balance be repaid to victims, which we also applaud.

Now it’s up to Frommer, who at one point claimed he was indigent and needed a public defender, to face the so-called music. He may plead guilty to a fourth-degree felony and a misdemeanor, and only the misdemeanor would stand on his record as a conviction. Or, Frommer could plead guilty to a misdemeanor and two felony counts, one third-degree (theft of $15,000 or more) and one fourth-degree (theft of $5,000 to $15,000), and again only the misdemeanor would stand as a conviction.

Frommer would rather walk away with no convictions at all, but the district attorney and Judge James Boyd of Pitkin County District Court both seem to favor both full restitution to the victims and the misdemeanor conviction. This seems more than fair to us, given the estimated $160,000 at stake. Lest we forget, two babysitters were among the Colorado people and businesses that Frommer allegedly fleeced.

Frommer and his attorney, Robert Koenig, have been dancing long enough. His next scheduled court date is Feb. 9, and we sincerely hope that’s the last that Aspen hears of Peter Frommer.


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