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    Racketeering Plea Nets 18 Year Sentence for Arvada Woman

    (Golden, CO – December 19, 2013) A 48 year-old Arvada woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison late Wednesday for what Jefferson County prosecutors described as a wide-ranging scheme to defraud dozens of citizens, local businesses and the U. S. Postal Service.

    Cassandra Janine Ghirardi pled guilty last month to a violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. The original indictment by the Jefferson County Grand Jury alleged that Ghirardi had stolen checks from the mail, manufactured phony checks and driver’s licenses, and engaged in money-laundering activities, leading to losses of over $28,000. In part, prosecutors argued that Ghirardi used the proceeds of her crimes to buy stamps that she then sold on E-Bay at less than face value. Local merchants victimized in these crimes ranged from large banks and grocery stores to small businesses.

    Jefferson County DA Pete Weir praised the collaborative efforts of the Arvada Police Department, the U.S. Postal Service and local merchants in what Weir called, “another example how businesses and government can and must work together to stop fraud.”

    “Without the active cooperation of the business community, law enforcement can rarely move fast enough to stop organized criminals who use stolen identities and forged documents to steal money,” Weir said. He also praised the efforts of the DA’s Economic Crime Unit, including lead prosecutor Carolyn O’Hara, for “turning a series of complex criminal transactions with more than 100 total witnesses into a strong, comprehensible case.”

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    December 19, 2013

    Cassandra Janine Ghirardi

    Last Updated: 1-9-2014
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