Woman charged with forgery

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A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of forging more than $6,000 in checks.

Cindy Lou Winograsky faces charges of theft and forgery, both felony offenses.

An arrest warrant issued by the Steamboat Springs Police Department alleges Winograsky stole and forged eight checks worth $6,463.34 from her former employer, Professional Ski Instructors of America and Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors Education Foundation, a nonprofit subsidiary.

A Professional Ski Instructors of America employee told police that between April 19, 2002 and June 10, 2002, Winograsky wrote eight stolen checks payable to herself, endorsed them and took them to the bank.

The checks were type-written and bore bond marks, confirming they had been presented for payment and honored at the bank.

On June 13, 2002, Winograsky confided in the employee that she had stolen the checks from the employee's desk and used Executive Director David Hidalgo's signature stamp to complete the checks before taking them to the bank. This was done without authorization, the employee said.

Winograsky also took $320 in cash and replaced it with checks from her personal account that had insufficient funds, the employee said.

Winograsky had made restitution payments between $6,299.68 and $6,349.68, the employee said. The arrest warrant states Winograsky disputes the amount.

Court records show that in 1997 Winograsky was charged with theft and forgery for taking more than $1,500 from Arc Welding Specialists. Documents show that she pleaded guilty to the theft charge, and the forgery charge was dismissed.

Winograsky posted $5,000 bond Friday. She is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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