Elizabeth Carmichael pleads not guilty in felony theft case | SkyHiNews.com

Elizabeth Carmichael pleads not guilty in felony theft case

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — Elizabeth Carmichael pleaded not guilty to felony theft charges Monday morning, Sept. 28, in District Court.

Her case is now set to move on to a jury trial. The trial was set for March 3, 2016 at 8 a.m. A motions hearing has been scheduled in the case for Jan. 29, 2016.

Carmichael stands accused of stealing $451,755 from Bear Mountain Ranch in western Grand County between 2009 and 2012 while employed at the ranch as a bookkeeper and manager. While employed at the ranch, Carmichael was also involved in a related business called Bear Mountain Bison.

An arrest warrant was issued for her on Jan. 7 of this year. She turned herself in to authorities on Jan. 17. According to court documents related to the case Carmichael, 47, lives in Lubbock, Texas. She was released from custody after posting a $20,000 bond and returned home. Court documents indicate Carmichael needs to travel to the Southwest and East Coast for her job.

According to the affidavit for arrest, Anne and John Draper, previous owners of Bear Mountain Ranch while Carmichael was an employee, first became suspicious after have a check returned to them for insufficient funds. The returned check for $50,000 was withdrawn from an account the Drapers believed to have $1 million.

The arrest warrant for Carmichael was issued following a two-year investigation by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. The charges against Carmichael are allegations and are not proof of guilt.

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