Steamboat woman arraigned in Loggers Lane theft case
Kati More charged with two felonies
Steamboat Springs — Routt County district attorneys went forward with charges against Kati More, the former Loggers Lane Owners Association treasurer, even without final reports from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.
The DA’s office charged More on Thursday with use of a computer in a crime and theft of more than $20,000, Class 3 felonies. More was served with a summons and was arraigned Tuesday morning.
More reportedly stole more than $60,000 of the organization’s funds. When organization members discovered the theft in February, she returned all the money with additional money to pay her part of the fees.
She initially was not charged with any crime after the organization’s president said he did not want to pursue charges, but when other members of the organization spoke up, the Steamboat Springs Police Department renewed the investigation and Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall directed his staff to perform a separate investigation.
Wall said Tuesday that he is happy something is happening in the case.
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It’s unusual for the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office to investigate a case at the same time.
Police turned their investigation over to the DA’s office several months ago, but the Sheriff’s Office investigation stalled pending results from the Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.
Sheriff’s Office investigator Mike Curzon sent More’s computer to the laboratory for evidence of use of the computer in the commission of the crime. He said he expects the results in the coming weeks.
Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said his office decided to go ahead with charges because prosecutors feel comfortable that they have enough to back up the charges and they did not want any more delays. He said there were no impending deadlines that influenced the decision.
“There’s no sense to delay it if we don’t think there’s a good reason to,” Prindle said.
He said he talked to Curzon before filing the report and that if more information comes from the analysis of the computer, prosecutors can amend charges as appropriate. He said it’s more likely that the results will support the charges already filed.
More’s attorney, Larry Combs, appeared for More in Routt County Court on Tuesday morning and asked that the case be bound over to district court because it is a felony. He said he and More have been ready to go forward since March. Combs in the past confirmed that More admitted to taking and then returning the money.
Prindle said he was talking to the victims and investigators in the case and would prepare a plea deal, as is standard, within a few days. He said he doesn’t know what the plea will include, but he expects it will still include a felony charge. He said More was not present in court Tuesday morning.
The case is scheduled to go to district court at 1 p.m. Aug. 30.
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