Woman nabbed at DIA in suspected credit-card theft
ASPEN – A Peruvian woman who allegedly went on a spending spree in Aspen using her friend’s credit card was apprehended Tuesday at Denver International Airport moments before she was to board a flight to her home country, law-enforcement officials said.
Mayra Prada-Castro was transferred to Pitkin County District Court, where she faces three felony charges: theft, forgery and authorized use of a financial-transaction device.
Aspen police had contacted DIA’s police division about
Prada-Castro. DIA officials ultimately nabbed her in a boarding area, officials said.
Prada-Castro, 25, was advised of the charges Wednesday at a hearing in front of District Judge Gail Nichols, who set her bond at $10,000. Nichols also placed an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold on Prada-Castro, whose J-1 worker visa expired two days before she was arrested, authorities said.
She had been under investigation by the Aspen Police Department since March 30. That’s when the alleged victim contacted police to report that Prada-Castro had rang up charges of $282.24 and $2.74 at City Market, $154.56 at Valley Girl Boutique and $14.75 at the Rubey Park bus station. The alleged transactions took place in March, according to a statement of facts written by Aspen police Detective Ian MacAyeal.
Additionally, the alleged victim said the credit card, lent to her by her father for “emergency use” only, had more than $2,000 in charges, according to MacAyeal’s statement.
A credit-card statement, which is a supplement to the MacAyeal’s statement, shows other charges, believed to be made by Prada-Castro, at such Glenwood Springs retailers as Target and Walmart.
The alleged victim and police determined that Prada-Castro allegedly used the credit card by reviewing surveillance video from City Market, Valley Girl Boutique and Rubey Park.
The video showed a woman making purchases who matched
Prada-Castro’s pictures posted on Facebook, MacAyeal wrote.
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