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New Castle woman accused of embezzlement

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - A New Castle woman has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from her former employer, over the three years that she worked for the business.

Erin Pressler was booked into the Garfield County Jail Nov. 1 on 60 counts of theft, identity theft and forgery from Jim Pribil and his company, Designer Door Hardware in Carbondale. She was released the same day on a $7,500 bond, according to jail records.

In addition, Pressler and her husband, Rod, have been barred by a judge from making any contact with Pribil.

The charges are based on a Garfield County Sheriff's Office investigation that started in May.

According to an affidavit filed with the court by Garfield County Sheriff's Detective Megan Alstatt, Pribil contacted the sheriff's office last May 30, less than a week after Pressler, 42, had quit her job as his business manager following an argument.

The argument, Pribil said, was over Pressler's alleged use of company computers for noncompany purposes.

Pribil told investigators he had changed the locks on the business, as well as some of the computer codes in his business accounts, as a precaution against tampering.

But a few days later, he told investigators, he discovered that his QuickBooks business accounts and other information had been deleted.

On June 19, Pressler was charged with three counts of second degree burglary, a felony, along with second degree tampering, a misdemeanor, and a "computer crime" valued at less than $500.

Subsequent investigation turned up evidence that Pressler allegedly forged Pribil's signature on checks and used company credit cards to pay personal expenses from April 2009 through May 2012.

According to the affidavit, Pressler was said by a friend to be plotting against Pribil. At one point, the friend told investigators, Pressler said she chased Pribil on I-70 near South Canyon, intending to "force him to run her off the road, so she could sue him."

Pribil also reported road-rage type encounters with Rod Pressler on I-70, and the reports prompted the judge to issue the restraining order.

Pressler is due in court on Nov. 15.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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