Church nursery employee charged with felony

| September 2, 2011

A 21-year-old Hailey woman has been charged with a felony for allegedly misusing a co-worker's debit card number to transfer money to the telephone accounts of two inmates at the Blaine County jail.

One of the inmates has been incarcerated since March for allegedly stabbing the same woman.

Erika M. Ruiz was arrested by Ketchum police on Friday, Aug. 26, on a felony charge of unauthorized use of a financial transaction card. She made an initial court appearance Monday in Blaine County Magistrate Court and was released from jail later that day after posting $2,500 bond.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 7 before Judge R. Ted Israel. Ruiz is represented by Ketchum attorney Andrew Parnes.

Ruiz is a 2008 Wood River High School graduate who court records state has been attending College of Southern Idaho.

According to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Ketchum police Sgt. Dave Kassner, an investigation was started at Ruiz's place of employment, the nursery school at Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood on Saddle Road, because of complaints of items being stolen from employees' purses on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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