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Trial scheduled in theft from South Jeffco Sports Association

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By AJ Vicens

South Jeffco resident Carrie Smith pleaded not guilty July 21 in the theft of more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association.

Jefferson County District Judge Dennis Hall scheduled a motions hearing for Nov. 6 and a trial date of Dec. 2, but Smith's attorney doesn't think it will get that far.

"I'm certain this case will be resolved," defense attorney Charles Morphew told Hall. Chief Deputy District Attorney Tom Jackson, the prosecutor handling the case, did not appear in court July 21, and was replaced by Deputy District Attorney Carolyn O'hara, who didn't give an indication either way what might happen.

Smith was charged with three felonies March 17 after an investigation revealed that $102,580.65 had been embezzled from the South Jeffco Sports Association between Sept. 1, 2005, and Sept. 30, 2007. During that time, Smith was the association's office manager, and is accused of forging signatures on payroll checks and using association funds to pay for items on her American Express credit card.

Smith was confronted in September 2007 by then-association president Gary Losh, who fired her and reported the thefts to the sheriff's office.

Smith struck a deal with the association in which she would repay the money in full plus attorney fees, and the association would ask Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey and the sheriff's office not to prosecute. Smith paid the association $125,000 in two payments, with the final payment made in late January.

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