When Pamela Brooks offered to give Corban Elmore a place to stay in Colorado Springs, the 54-year-old multiple sclerosis patient had no idea of the consequences of that act of kindness.
According to an arrest affidavit, Elmore, 38, allegedly took Brooks’ checkbook and credit card and wrote more than two dozen checks to himself from August to October totaling $15,112.
“Between that and what I lent him, it wiped out my life savings,” Brooks said, noting that she loaned Elmore more than $10,000.
Colorado Springs police arrested Elmore multiple times over the last couple months, first on suspicion of burglary and accepting stolen property, then on multiple counts of felony theft and forgery in connection with the alleged crimes against Brooks.
Brooks said she met Elmore through friends in California who attested to his character. Elmore told her he needed to move back to Colorado Springs with his two teenage children to be with closer to his three other kids.
The man brought Brooks a job offer letter from TASC, a company on Jet Wing Drive in Colorado Springs, and another letter from CASA of the Pikes Peak Region that indicated his battle with a prescription drug addiction was under control.
“I was just trying to help somebody get a leg up,” Brooks said.
The letters turned out to be forgeries, the affidavit said.
The document from TASC was written on the company’s letterhead and had a false signature from vice president Kerry Rines, court records show. In the letter Brooks saw, TASC had promised Elmore a salary of about $124,000 per year, she said.
According to the affidavit, Rines was notified by Colorado Springs police and confirmed the letter was a fake.
The note from CASA was also falsified, according to the affidavit and a spokeswoman from the organization. It said Elmore had been subject to five urine tests since arriving in the Springs and had passed each one.
While the forged urinalysis data didn’t harm CASA, executive director Trudy Strewler Hodges said the crimes Elmore is accused of is “disheartening.”
“It’s really the children we’re concerned about,” she said. “The reason he is in our program is because of his children. It’s really his kids that are being victimized.”
Brooks said she was aware of Elmore’s addiction to prescription drugs and the letter played a role in her decision to bring him on as a roommate. She said that decision was reinforced when Elmore helped with her illness by cooking meals, learning how to help with her IV and giving support at doctor’s appointments.
The affidavit said that Elmore kept his alleged crimes from Brooks by intercepting her mail at their house on Purcell Drive.
Brooks said she became aware of that when she found multiple letters from banks addressed to her in Elmore’s bedroom. One was a letter denying Brooks a request for a credit increase. She told police she never made that request, the affidavit said.
According to court documents, Elmore was initially arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a home Oct. 29 on Flowering Almond Drive and another one on Rockville Drive, both near Dublin Boulevard east of Powers Boulevard in eastern Colorado Springs.
Elmore was arrested Oct. 31 and called Brooks to bail him out. She once again trusted her roommate and decided to help when he lied about the reasons for the arrest.
Elmore was arrested again on Nov. 20 in connection with the theft and forgery accusations and is being held in the El Paso County jail.