Suspect in theft from sports group waives hearing

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By AJ Vicens

The South Jeffco woman charged with three felonies in the theft of more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association waived her right to a preliminary hearing April 22.

Carrie Smith will head straight to arraignment at 8 a.m. June 9 in district court, according to Tom Bennett, special projects director with the Jeffco DA’s office.

Smith, 44, has been charged with theft of more than $20,000 and two counts of forgery by check.

Charles Morphew, Smith’s attorney, did not respond to multiple calls seeking comment.

Smith was charged in the case March 17 after a months-long, on-again, off-again investigation initiated in September 2007 showed that $102,580.65 was stolen from the association. The thefts apparently occurred between September 2005 and September 2007, when Smith worked as an office manager for the association.

Smith reportedly repaid the money in two payments, with the final payment coming in January, after she and the association came to an agreement that called for the association to formally ask the sheriff’s office and the DA’s office not to prosecute her. The association did send a letter to the DA and the sheriff’s investigator asking them to not move forward with the investigation, fulfilling its part of the agreement.

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