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Eagle County spending question in court case

Felisa Cardona
The Denver Post

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado –Eagle County taxpayer dollars were spent by the county attorney and others in his office on gifts for himself and a fellow employee, Christmas brownies for several law firms and office decorations, according to court records.

Questions about the propriety of the county officials’ credit-card purchases are contained in a motion to dismiss a felony theft case against Rikki Vigil, a former secretary for the Eagle County attorney.

Vigil is charged with spending more than $10,000 from May 2007 to March 2009 using a county credit card on an Internet psychic hotline and personal groceries and gas.

The expenses came to light during an audit in March, and County Attorney Bryan Treu reported Vigil to the Eagle Police Department.

Vigil’s motion to dismiss her case was filed in Eagle County Court on Thursday. Vigil also claims she is being singled out for prosecution because she is Latina.

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“Obviously my client did some things that if she had an opportunity to turn back the clock she wouldn’t do,” said Vigil’s attorney Frank Moya. “But on the other hand, she was living in a climate where it seems to me folks are playing fast and loose with the county credit cards and that I think has a tendency to cause people to be a little more careless and little more stupid than they would be in a more careful environment.”

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