Longmont Woman Accused of Stealing from Elderly Couple, Writing Fraudulent Checks
Longmont police on Monday arrested a 48-year-old woman suspected of stealing more than $3,600 from a couple in their 90s while she was hired as a caretaker.
Melissa Molner, of Longmont, is facing felony charges of theft of more than $500 from an at-risk adult, identity theft, forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Molner appeared for court Tuesday at the Boulder County Jail, where a judge set her bond at $5,000 personal recognizance bond. She is scheduled to be formally charged on Thursday.
According to an arrest affidavit warrant, an employee of Guaranty Bank reported in August 2017 a possible at-risk adult financial exploitation to Longmont police. The bank employee told police that Molner had opened an account in June 2017 and had since deposited checks totaling more than $3,000 from one family.
Bank employees became suspicious when one check for $288 was charged back and some of the signatures on the checks did not appear to match.
Detectives learned that Molner had received six legitimate checks totaling more than $2,000 for her caretaking services during two months over the summer. They also learned that a full checkbook — 25 checks — was missing and that Molner had deposited 12 stolen checks totaling more than $3,600, according to the affidavit.
When police confronted Molner in November, she said that she quit the job after the checks for her caretaking work began to bounce and the couple would not reimburse her for the bounced checks.
Amelia Arvesen: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/ameliaarvesen