Embezzlement charge for Elbert county assessor
September 11, 2010
KIOWA – Elbert County Assessor Phyllis Jean Trostel has been charged with using her county credit card to make thousands of dollars’ worth of personal purchases.
A grand jury indicted Trostel on 28 counts of embezzlement, forgery, theft and perjury. Friday’s indictment says some of the money originally was intended for Elbert County Fair queens and princesses.
The Denver Post reports Trostel bought items including candy, printers, ammunition and a digital camcorder. Trostel also was charged with charging the county to cover fees for classes and training she never attended.
Trostel, who became assessor in 2007, didn’t return phone calls for comment from the Post. She lost a GOP primary election in August to county treasurer Billie Mills, who testified before the grand jury.
A Sept. 20 court date was set for Trostel, who is married to former Colorado State Patrol Chief Mark Trostel.
The indictment said Trostel was responsible for paying the county fair queen and princess. In 2009, she received $400 in prize money but didn’t award it to winners Tana and Tori Boyal, it said. A 2008 prize of $250 also wasn’t rewarded.
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Trostel reported that she purchased gift cards for several employees but never gave them to the workers.