Friday, February 15, 2002
Steamboat Springs A 37-year-old Oregon woman has pleaded guilty to a felony charge for forging a check in December.
Jacqueline Lucille Turcotte pleaded guilty to forgery of a commercial instrument, a class five felony, for purchasing almost $500 in jewelry with a fraudulent check in December.
Turcotte entered the guilty plea earlier this week in 14th Judicial District Court. In exchange for the guilty plea, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James dismissed three other charges.
Turcotte will be sentenced by District Judge Richard P. Doucette at 9 a.m. March 18.
As part of the plea agreement negotiated by her court-appointed attorney, William Schurman, Turcotte has agreed to pay restitution and forfeit belongings to the Steamboat Springs Police Department.
Police began investigating Turcotte Dec. 3 when she allegedly tried to cash a $600 check at the Steamboat Sheraton Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court.
At the scene, investigators spoke to a Silver Lining employee at the resort who reported Turcotte used a fraudulent check to purchase a topaz necklace and earrings and a pair of amber earrings earlier in the day.
The jewelry, which was later found in Turcotte's purse, is worth $480.
As authorities were investigating Turcotte at the hotel, she allegedly went outside of her fifth-floor hotel room and climbed across three balconies.
At the time she did this, security personnel were waiting for Turcotte outside her hotel room.
According to court records, Turcotte allegedly entered a man's hotel room through the balcony.
She was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree trespass and theft, but these charges were dismissed by St. James.
Turcotte was arrested as she was packing her belongings into her sport utility vehicle and later booked into the Routt County Jail.
Authorities suspect Turcotte was using computer software to create identification documents. Turcotte has agreed to relinquish a computer printer, disks, digital camera and notary stamp to Steamboat police.
According to court records, Steamboat police will use the equipment or destroy it.