Wednesday, April 13, 2005
A 19-year-old woman accused of being involved in an identity-theft scam and manufacturing methamphetamine will have her case heard in District Court.
Bryanna Mitts, 19 of Loveland, appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court, where Judge James Garrecht bound her case over to District Court and set a hearing for Monday.
On March 27, Mitts was riding in a car that was pulled over by the Steamboat Springs Police Department. Jamison Todd Fjoser, 30, of Denver, was driving the vehicle and also was arrested.
Inside the vehicle, police reportedly found 11 grams of crystal meth, two syringes full of liquid meth and leftover chemicals typically used in making meth. Police also said they found dozens of ATM cards, signed checks, birth certificates and receipts from other people's credit cards.
The police also confiscated a laptop, scanner and lamination equipment that could be used to make fake identification documents.
Fjoser also appeared in County Court on Wednesday, and his case was continued until May 11. Fjoser's public defender, Trevor McFee, asked that the case be postponed so Fjoser could take care of pending court cases outside of Routt County.
When Fjoser was arrested, he had outstanding warrants in Jefferson and Arapahoe counties and the city of Arvada.
McFee said Fjoser will be going to Arapahoe County and he hopes the courts can reach a joint decision on the cases.
Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said the investigation continues into just how extensive the fraud operation was.
About 40 names of potential victims have been identified. The police have confirmed that six or seven of those people were victims of identity theft. All the victims are from the Front Range.
The case has been handed over to a U.S. Postal Service investigator because many of the documents involved, such as boxes of checks and checks mailed from credit card companies, were taken from mailboxes and the post office.
Rae said police do not have an estimate of how much money was taken as a result of the identity thefts.
"It is such a complex and tedious thing to uncover," he said.
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