Gypsum man accused of fraud, theft across multiple counties pleads not guilty on 2 charges
EAGLE — Jesse Flores, a 20-year-old Gypsum man facing 24 felony charges across six counties, walked into an Eagle County courtroom Wednesday, June 16, to plead not guilty on two charges and left the courtroom in handcuffs.
Flores has been charged with various combinations of motor vehicle theft, theft, fraud by check and forgery — all felonies — after he allegedly wrote about $728,000 in bad checks to steal a variety of cars, trucks, trailers, ATVs and snowmobiles from their owners last year.
These incidents added up to 18 felony charges spread across Eagle, Chaffee, Grand, Mesa, Routt and Summit counties.
In March of this year, six more felony charges and a misdemeanor were tacked onto Flores’ growing rap sheet. He was charged with six counts of felony violation of bail bond conditions and a new misdemeanor charge of cybercrime to scheme or defraud after he allegedly schemed a West Virginia man who tried to purchase a hunting bow from him.
Flores had been out on bond when he walked into district court Wednesday for an arraignment on two local cases: one for motor vehicle theft and fraud by check, and the other for the additional charges he incurred in March.
He pleaded not guilty on all charges, and trial dates for the two cases were set for the fall. The first trial will take place from Oct. 25-29 and the second from Nov. 15-19.
After asking for more time to find an attorney to represent him in these trials, Flores will come back to court at the end of July to determine whether he will represent himself.
As the hearing was coming to a close, it was mentioned that Flores had a warrant out for his arrest out of Lake County, where he faces felony charges of criminal impersonation and theft.
At that point, there was a long pause as Judge Paul Dunkelman of the 5th Judicial District attempted to get in touch with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to determine whether Flores should be taken into custody on the charges.
In the meantime, Flores stood at the podium, watching the officials decipher whether he would leave a free man, for now, or be remanded to the Eagle County Jail.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office directed that he be taken into custody on the charges, with his bond set at $10,000, and Flores sat in the jury booth awaiting an officer to escort him to the jail.
This story is from VailDaily.com.
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