A Longmont woman accused of stealing more than $3,600 from a couple in their 90s while working as a caretaker was sentenced Thursday to three years in community corrections.
Melissa Molner, 49 , had pleaded guilty to identity theft — use of information to obtain cash or property, a Class 4 felony, on June 29, according to online court records.
She was initially also charged with theft of $500 or more of an at-risk person, forgery using a check or commercial instrument, and possession of a forged instrument. But those were dismissed by the district attorney.
According to an arrest affidavit warrant, Molner received six legitimate checks totaling more than $2,000 for her caretaking services during two months over the summer of 2017. Detectives also learned that a full checkbook belonging to the elderly couple was missing, and that Molner had deposited 12 stolen checks totaling more than $3,600.
When police confronted Molner in November, she said she quit her job after the checks for her work began to bounce and the couple wouldn’t reimburse her for the bounced checks.
Molner was also arrested by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office on July 25. She is charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree trespassing and theft between $750 and $2,000.
She will appear in Weld County Court on the charges on Oct. 22 for a disposition hearing.
Molner has a lengthy criminal history, including previous felony convictions for possession of controlled substances, driving under the influence and theft.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, email@example.com