Milliken Woman Accused of Stealing from Longmont Goat Cheese Maker
A Milliken woman faces numerous felony charges after Longmont police allege she stole $108,000 from a goat cheese maker while employed as a book keeper.
An arrest warrant affidavit alleges that Jessica Roberson, 43, used some of the money to pay for court costs on a prior felony theft conviction out of Weld County.
Online court records indicate Roberson does not have a court date scheduled in Boulder County Court but currently faces felony theft, identity theft, forgery, possession of a forged instrument and cybercrime charges.
Police records indicate that Roberson took a job at Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy in May of 2017, and her duties included bookkeeping and payroll. She allegedly used a fake birthdate and a New York resident’s Social Security number when filling out employment forms, which will possibly cause the person tax problems.
During roughly a year, before she was fired, police say Roberson wrote herself paychecks for more than she was owed, extra paychecks and direct deposits via the company’s bookkeeping software.
Roberson is also accused of using company credit cards to make more than $3,600 in purchases, including a subscription to a service that notifies residents of sex offenders moving into the neighborhood and a laptop computer.
Police allege that when the company discovered the theft, Roberson attempted to cover her tracks by submitting copies of forged checks. Roberson was fired in April.
While the company lost slightly more than $108,000, it also temporarily had it’s milk supply cut off when the supplier didn’t receive payment. The milk cutoff alerted the company president that something was amiss, according to the arrest affidavit.
Roberson has prior convictions in Colorado for possession of a controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, felony theft, forgery and criminal mischief. The conviction for which she is accused of stealing money from the dairy to pay for court costs dates to 2008. She is still on probation in that case, according to court records.
Her bond is set at $50,000 and she remains in custody at the Weld County Jail where she has been held since Wednesday. Court records do not indicate that she has an attorney.
A representative of Haystack Mountain couldn’t be reached for comment on Friday.
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