Glenwood Hot Springs theft case headed for trial
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A former employee of the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool is headed for trial over charges that she stole more than $3,800 from the company while she was working there as a night clerk at the shops in the complex.
Diane Margret Graf, 45, was arrested and briefly jailed on Nov. 19, 2012, after an internal investigation by the Hot Springs management and questioning by police, according to court records.
After appearing at several hearings since her arrest, she entered a plea of “not guilty” on May 28, prompting Ninth Judicial District Judge James Boyd to set a three-day trial of the case starting on Sept. 16.
According to court documents, the Hot Springs management first reported its suspicions about Graf to the Glenwood Springs police on Oct. 15, 2012, alerting police to the company’s plan to investigate her for theft.
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By Oct. 26, 2012, the company had amassed computerized and videotaped evidence that company officials said pointed to Graf’s complicity in more than one incident of theft.
Graf, who worked primarily at night, is partly accused of searching out daytime cash transactions at the shops in the pool complex, and voiding those transactions.
She then allegedly pocketed the cash that had been rung into the till, according to the documents.
She also is accused of accepting cash for purchases at the shops, but then ringing them up using the “No Sale” key instead of the proper transaction key.
Because the “No Sale” key simply opens the cash drawer without commencing a sales record, Graf allegedly pocketed that cash, as well.
There was no indication in the record concerning how long the alleged thefts may have been going on.
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