Sep 2, 2009 9:41 AM by Associated Press
A former employee of the Archdiocese of Denver faces charges of stealing the identities of nuns and other employees of Catholic Charities and defrauding a foundation of $391,000.
The Denver district attorney filed theft charges Monday accusing Ruth Gonzales of using the employees' identities and submitting fraudulent applications for aid from The Denver Foundation's "Concerns for Others Fund." The foundation is not related to the diocese.
Gonzales is free on $10,000 bail. A message left with a woman who answered the phone at her home in the Denver suburb of Centennial was not immediately returned. Gonzales is accused of submitting false applications to get 298 checks from The Denver Foundation between December 2005 and March, when a bank teller became suspicious and contacted authorities.