Steamboat Springs woman accused of taking control of former employer's domain names

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Donna “Tonie” Roberts

— The former manager of a Steamboat Springs entertainment venue faces a felony charge after being accused of taking control of domain names owned by her former employer.

Donna “Tonie” Roberts, 51, posted a $2,000 bond after being arrested Friday by the Steamboat Springs Police Department on suspicion of theft, computer crime and felony criminal impersonation. The Routt County District Attorney’s Office filed those charges Tuesday.

When reached by phone Tuesday, Roberts denied the charges and referred questions to her attorney, Patrick Welsh. Welsh said he would be investigating the case and the charges.

During the criminal investigation, Steamboat police requested records from the company GoDaddy.com, which sells website domains. The request was filed with Routt County Court. It outlines how police think Roberts — seven months after she was terminated from the Ghost Ranch — took control of Ghost Ranch domains in January and deactivated them.

“This resulted in disabling Ghost Ranch’s website and the ability for Ghost Ranch’s staff to send or receive emails,” the records request stated.

The document goes on to state that someone working for Ghost Ranch contacted GoDaddy.com and that while talking to a GoDaddy.com representative, Roberts reset the account password.

GoDaddy.com "again attempted to reset the password and lock Roberts out, but while this was taking place, a transfer request was submitted to move all domains to a new account,” the records request stated.

Roberts is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. March 5.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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