GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A woman accused of stealing at least $100,000 from her employer is headed for a jury trial on the charges next year, although she insists she is innocent.
Erin Pressler, 43, of New Castle, will be tried before a jury of 12, in a trial lasting five days starting April 28, 2014, before District Judge Denise Lynch.
Pressler was charged on June 19, 2012, with three counts, including second degree burglary, a felony, and two misdemeanors — tampering with the company’s records and “computer crime,” incidents that allegedly took place over three years while she was working for Jim Pribil of Designer Door Hardware in Carbondale.
Pribil had contacted authorities in May, days after Pressler had quit her job as his business manager, with accusations that she had been using company computers for noncompany business.
But a continuing investigation following the filing of initial charges, according to court documents, revealed other irregularities including forged checks and credit card receipts, which ultimately resulted in Pressler being charged last November with 54 more crimes of theft and embezzlement, amounting to close to $100,000 in value.
Pribil later said that the final amount Pressler is accused of stealing was “more like $180,000.”
Pribil also told investigators that Pressler’s husband, Rod Pressler, had engaged in road rage type tactics while the two were driving on I-70, and a friend of Pressler’s allegedly told investigators that Pressler had told her of chasing Pribil on I-70 near South Canyon, intending to “force him to run her off the road, so she could sue him,” according to court documents.
As a consequence of these allegations, Pressler and her husband have been barred by a judge from making any contact with Pribil.
Pressler is being represented by longtime local attorney Thomas Silverman, and the state’s case is being handled by Deputy DA Scott Turner.