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Pagosan convicted for thefts from local business

A Pagosa Springs woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail, plus probation, community service and restitution, following the theft of about $48,000 from her employer.

Penelope “Penni” Jones, 39, of Pagosa Springs, accepted a plea deal on April 5 for one felony count of theft and one misdemeanor count of theft and was sentenced Tuesday.

Jones’ sentence calls for nine months in jail, six years of probation, 200 hours of useful public service and calls for her to be responsible for paying back the full amount of restitution — approximately $48,000, according to Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe.

Jones originally faced charges that included two counts of theft series between $1,000 and $20,000 and two counts of computer crime with the intent to commit theft, Lowe said in a previous interview. All of the charges were class-four felonies.

Jones was set to be arraigned for the charges on April 5, when she took the plea deal.

The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the alleged crime in November 2010, when a report was filed claiming that an employee of Buckskin Towing was stealing money, said Det. Rich Valdez in a previous interview.

In investigating the matter, it was determined that the suspect was Jones.

After the investigation, it appeared that approximately $48,000 was taken in a period of just over a year, Valdez said.

Jones was employed at Buckskin from October 2009 to November 2010, Valdez said. Her primary responsibilities at the company involved collecting for services, billing and invoicing.

Lowe and Valdez declined further comment on how the money was allegedly stolen.

Jones was arrested Dec. 27 and posted a $20,000 bond the same day.

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