Johanna Ulloa Giron arrested, accused of using library credit card to buy designer shoes and vacation expenses – CBS Denver
FORT COLLINS, Colorado (CBS4)— A former employee of the Poudre River Public Library in Fort Collins has been arrested, accused of using her work credit card for more than $110,000 in personal purchases like designer shoes and vacation expenses. Johanna Ulloa Giron, 42, resigned from her position as head of local services in March 2021.
In late 2020, the Poudre River Public Library District completed an audit of staff purchases for the previous year. Employees were instructed to reconcile all missing receipts by January 1, 2021. Ulloa Giron did not complete the process, resulting in further investigation.
Staff initially identified $9,841.62 in personal purchases, which Ulloa Giron agreed to reimburse. Library staff have launched an internal investigation to examine its spending in previous years. In April 2021, they contacted Fort Collins police to report other unauthorized purchases, such as designer shoes, women’s clothing, cosmetics, personal electronics, vacation expenses, household items, furniture and toys sent to the house of Ulloa Giron.
In addition to these receipts, investigators determined that several receipts were intentionally altered to alter the details of the purchase. Police conducted a 13-month investigation into the 2,224 purchases made on Ulloa Giron’s library purchase card between 2016 and 2020. They identified 1,267 unauthorized purchases totaling $110,464.59.
Ulloa Giron was jailed at Larimer County Jail on multiple counts including theft, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, cybercrime and forgery.
“Our human resources team discovered significant violations of library policy and took immediate action to ensure accountability,” said Diane Lapierre, executive director of the Poudre River Public Library District in a statement. “Libraries are the lifeblood of the community and a lifeline of information, education and enjoyment for people of all ages and circumstances. We remain committed to serving this mission and to enhancing the social, economic, educational and cultural vitality of the people we serve.
Anyone with additional information on this case can contact Detective Allen Benbow at 970-416-2180.
“This money was intended to support children in our community,” Chief Jeff Swoboda said in a statement. “Resources for such programs are already scarce, and using them for personal gain shows a disturbing disregard for the families who should have benefited from these funds.”