Woman accused of stealing from elderly Boulder County couple fails to appear in court

A Boulder County woman in 2017 failed to appear for her arraignment on Thursday morning.

Online court records indicate a failure to appear warrant was issued Thursday for Christine Grace Sparks-West. She is charged with one count of felony exploitation of an at-risk person and two counts of felony theft from an at-risk person.

Sparks-West is accused of befriending an elderly Boulder County couple — including a man who suffers from slight dementia — about six years ago and staying in a tent in their yard during the 2013 floods. The man eventually gave Sparks-West a debit card she was supposed to use to fix up the couple‘s house, but investigators allege she used the card for her own purchases. The victim pointed to 68 transactions made in November and December 2017 totalling $5,162 that he suspected were made by Sparks-West, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Police, through the National Crime Information Center found that Sparks-West, who has an alias of Kristine Sparks-West, is a multi-state offender, according to the affidavit. Her history includes burglary, bank fraud, theft and production of false IDs, among other things.

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