Trial looms for entrepreneur
ASPEN A district judge is expected to decide Monday if accused Peter Frommer will stand trial for 28 felony charges connected to a string of bad checks he allegedly wrote to various local businesses and individuals. District Judge James Boyd’s ruling is anticipated after a preliminary hearing that lasted two days – over a two-week period – in which he heard testimony from six witnesses. Closing arguments are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in Pitkin County District Court.
In a five-hour hearing last Wednesday, a small-business owner, a bank manager and Aspen police detective Eric Ross testified about Frommer’s alleged check bouncing.Garth McCarty, defense attorney for Frommer, pushed witnesses on every detail and tried to show holes in the testimony. At one point during the hearing, one of the witnesses appeared visibly angry at the questioning and raised his voice as McCarty questioned him.
Kip Feight, owner of Conundrum Catering, said he called Frommer at least 100 times trying to get payment for a private chef his company provided to Frommer for a week last October. “[Frommer] has been lying to me and putting off paying for our services for months,” Feight said. “Honest people pay their bills in a timely manner.”
Another alleged victim, Tom Engelman, owner of A La Car Restaurant Delivery Service, testified two weeks ago that hundreds of phone calls and text messages to Frommer seeking payment for a January delivery were not returned. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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