Orton theft case continued


ALAMOSA — At the request of the district attorney’s office, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Tuesday agreed to one last continuance in the case of Carol Orton, 54, Alamosa, charged with theft in connection with alleged actions while she worked at the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley McCuaig told the judge that although this case has been dragging for some time, due to changes of county personnel the DA’s office is still waiting on information it needs to continue prosecuting the case. He asked for two weeks at which time he expected a disposition, he told the judge.

The case had previously been continued to provide time to complete investigation and audits and compose the restitution amount.

Judge Gonzales agreed to a continuance to December 17 and said if the information the DA’s office needed was not ready by that time, he would enter a not guilty plea and move the case forward.

Attorney David Lipka is representing Orton, who was present on Tuesday. She remains out on bond.

She was charged this spring with felony theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device (credit cards) dating to her time of employment as office manager with the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office, where she had worked for more than 30 years and was due to retire next April. She has resigned.

Allegations include use of county credit cards for personal use as well as theft of funds in the evidence account, which she supervised.