Former county employee charged with theft
Eagle, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado ” A former Eagle County employee was arrested Wednesday for making personal charges on a county credit card, Eagle police said.
Rikki Vigil, 32, was arrested on a warrant for theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction, which are felonies.
Vigil was the county’s legal secretary for the last three years and a county employee for about a decade, said Brian Treu, the county’s attorney. Her arrest on Wednesday came about two weeks after she was fired by the county on suspicion of stealing.
“We had an employee who made some bad decisions, and we had to let her go,” Treu said. “It’s nothing we take pride in.”
Vigil was caught charging more than $11,000 on a county credit card since 2007, Treu said, as a result of an internal audit by the county finance department. Police said a complete investigation found evidence supporting the allegations against her. How much of the charges she allegedly made that were unauthorized isn’t known at the time.
“It was little stuff over that period of time,” Treu said.
Vigil was let go by the county on March 16.
Treu said Vigil, whose phone number isn’t publicly listed, is a single mother of three children.
“It’s unfortunate,” he said.
Vigil was booked in the Eagle County Detention Facility Wednesday and later released on a $7,500 bond.
She will make her first court appearance at 9 a.m. April 7.
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