Bond not reduced in impersonation case

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A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs woman charged with criminal impersonation and forgery asked for her bond to be reduced for a third time, citing her medical conditions.

Sarah Sue Foland, 48, appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court, where public defender Gail Morrison asked for her $120,000 bond to be reduced.

A bail bondsman told Foland she probably could make bond if it was less than $100,000, Morrison said.

Routt County Judge James Garrecht refused to set her bond any lower after reducing it twice, once from $500,000 to $250,000 and then again to $100,000. She also must post an additional $20,000 bond for an earlier impersonation and forgery case.

"The bond has been reduced twice already," Garrecht said. "I am not going to reduce it any further."

Morrison said Foland's medical conditions were worrisome and that on Sunday she experienced severe chest pains and shortness of breath and was put in a holding cell from Sunday to Tuesday so her condition could be monitored. Foland suffers from a rare heart arrhythmia that needs to be treated in Montana, Morrison said.

Garrecht questioned the repeated mention of Foland's medical issues and the lack of medical reports to document the condition. He also questioned the medical liability Foland would be at the Routt County Jail.

"If (the jail) is particularly concerned about absorbing some medical costs, they will let the DA's Office know," Garrecht said.

Garrecht set the case for a status review Nov. 10, at which time it will be continued again or bound over to District Court. Unless extreme circumstances arise, Garrecht said he would not consider another bond reduction.

On Sept. 23, Foland was arrested in Missoula, Mont., and booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion that she impersonated an acquaintance, withdrew more than $30,000 from the Steamboat Springs banking account of the woman she was impersonating and charged more than $14,000 on credit cards illegally obtained in the woman's name.

On Sept. 30, Garrecht reduced Foland's bond from $500,000 to $250,000, thinking the equity she had in a 3,900-square-foot home she owned in the Game Trails subdivision would allow for a property bond. He further reduced the bond Sept. 13, after hearing that Foland's home was in risk of foreclosure.

Foland also is being held on a $20,000 bond for previous charges that she forged documents to get a job as a physician's assistant in a local doctor's office, and in that job, without legitimate state credentials, assisted in surgeries and office procedures and wrote numerous prescriptions for medications, including controlled substances such as Percocet, OxyContin and Valium.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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