Accused embezzler settles latest Eagle County charge
EAGLE, Colorado – Accused embezzler Brenda Dobbs settled an Eagle County charge Wednesday, but will be traveling back to Pitkin County, where she faces another.
Dobbs, 62, has a criminal history stretching back to at least the early 1990s. She was charged in Eagle County for bouncing a $1,000 rent check, but covered the amount before her latest case started through the court system in Eagle County.
District Court Judge Tom Moorhead noted that as he sentenced her to the time she has already spent in jail, 127 days.
Dobbs is not free, though. She remains in the Eagle County jail, where Pitkin County officials will pick her up to deal with charges that she embezzled $27,000 from an Aspen homeowners association.
Dobbs has been in and out of jail for embezzlement, and served a stretch in state prison.
Dobbs, dressed in orange jail clothes, stood at the podium and waited until after Moorhead passed sentence to address the court, saying she did not want to try to influence his decision.
When Moorhead had finished, Dobbs had effusive praise for the Eagle County jail’s Restorative Justice program, telling District Court Judge Tom Moorhead it was the first time in her criminal history that anyone had tried to help her. Dobbs’ criminal history in Colorado stretches back to at least 1992, according to police records.
Dobbs’ cash-only bond is set at $522,000, as well as $200,000 in other bonds.
Dobbs could have as many as 30 aliases, authorities said.
Dobbs spent six months Dobbs working at an Aspen law firm, police say. It was during that time she allegedly stole $27,000 from a homeowners association while working part-time as its bookkeeper, authorities said.
Pitkin County authorities picked up Dobbs after an Aspen police investigator received a tip that Dobbs had stolen money from the homeowners association. She reportedly drained the HOA’s account of all but $1,000, using an ATM card the homeowners association let her use, according to Aspen police.
The HOA froze the account when it became suspicious.
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