Woman suspected of embezzling money from Hot Springs
Steamboat Springs — A former Old Town Hot Springs bookkeeper faces felony theft charges after the Steamboat Springs nonprofit reported more than $27,000 had been stolen.
Leslee Anne Boynewicz, 50, was arrested Sunday on two counts of felony theft after a judge signed off on an arrest warrant. Boynewicz is also known as Leslee Anne Hendershot.
Boynewicz did not respond to a message seeking comment Wednesday.
On May 13, Hot Springs Executive Director Pat Carney contacted the Steamboat Springs Police Department to report check fraud.
Carney told police the Hot Springs had discovered two checks that had been cashed at Wells Fargo with “pay to the order of Leslee Hendershot” written on the back, according to the arrest warrant.
Hot Springs personnel reviewed the books and on May 26 reported multiple other instances of money and checks forged by Boynewicz, the warrant states. More than $23,000 was reported stolen during a three-month period ending in January.
On April 16, 2015, Boynewicz was arrested for misdemeanor theft after City Market in Steamboat reported a shoplifter.
According to an arrest affidavit, Boynewicz stole a cart of groceries. She told police she had moved to Steamboat the previous day and did not have money to buy groceries and feed her two daughters.
Police checked Boynewicz’s criminal history and found she had previously been arrested for failure to appear related to a theft case on the Front Range. Boynewicz told police she stole $197 in clothing from a Target.
On May 12, Boynewicz pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft related to the City Market shoplifting case and was ordered to pay City Market $132.88.
Carney, who has been at the Hot Springs since 1975, said she was hopeful the money could be recovered.
“Nothing like this has ever happened here,” Carney said.
She said Boynewicz was fired from the club for performance issues in April before they discovered the missing money.
“We have a lot of checks and balances here, but she kind of wormed her way into a position of trust and broke it,” Carney said.
Carney said all Hot Springs employees now undergo background checks.
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