Palmen Pleads Not Guilty to Two Felony Counts in EZ Cash Incident

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Kerrin Marie Palmen

GREEN RIVER — A third co-defendant connected to an alleged scheme to write fraudulent loans from EZ Cash in Rock Springs pleaded not guilty to two felony charges in District Court today.

Kerrin Marie Palmen, 25, of Green River, has been charged with unauthorized use of personal identifying information and obtaining property by false pretenses. The charges stem from an investigation by the Rock Springs Police Department that alleges nearly $150,000 was written in fraudulent loans from EZ Cash between July and December 2017.

Palmen, along with co-defendants Amber Silver and Erica Elmore, were arrested by the RSPD on October 15, 2018 in connection with the incident.

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Silva plead guilty to three felony counts during her arraignment on January 10th, while Elmore plead not guilty to five felony charges at her arraignment on Wednesday.

According to the court documents, between August 1 and November 4, 2017, Palmen “knowingly and willfully” took property of another person (EZ Cash) with the purpose of depriving the person of said propery in the amount greater than $1,000.

Count 2 states that Palmen also “did with intent to fraud another person” knowingly obtain property from that person under false pretenses in an amount greater than $1,000.

Both felonies carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

After reading Palmen her rights and conditions of her probation, and accepting the not guilty plea, District Court Judge Nena James set Palmen’s trial date for June 3, 2019 at 9 a.m.