Alleged Aspen swindler has previous arrest |

Alleged Aspen swindler has previous arrest

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A man suspected of swindling an Aspen company out of nearly $1 million had at least one previous brush with the law, a review of court documents showed Friday.

Thomas Andrew Kiplingbaugh, 54, was arrested April 30, 2008, on a felony theft charge that stemmed from a move out of a home on Capitol Creek Road in Old Snowmass to a residence in Aspen.

The arrest was made after the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office found Kiplingbaugh allegedly took some furniture that did not belong to him when he moved out, according to an arrest warrant penned by Deputy Sheriff Brad Gibson.

The furniture, “a pair of wooden night tables,” was valued at $1,600. The furniture was later located inside the residence to which Kiplingbaugh moved. That residence is listed as being on Sierra Vista Drive in Aspen.

Authorities ended up taking possession of the two tables on April 29, 2008. Kiplingbaugh was arrested the following day. He was then released on $5,000 bail.

The theft charge, originally a class IV felony, was then reduced to a misdemeanor count apparently because the value of the night tables was not as much as previously believed.

The case was subsequently dismissed in September 2008, according to a court filing, although it was not clear what prompted the move.

Kiplingbaugh found himself in trouble again earlier this week after he was arrested in Newport Beach, Calif., on a warrant issued out of Pitkin County.

He is thought to now be living in Orange County, Calif.

Kiplingbaugh was released Tuesday after he posted $50,000 bail. He is to appear March 17 in Orange County Superior Court in Southern California, police records showed. It is not clear when he will make an appearance in Pitkin County District Court.

The warrant alleges Kiplingbaugh cheated Wodehouse Builders in Aspen out of $990,000 between September 2007 and March 2008. He was a manager for the builder at the time the alleged misdeeds took place.

The company closed in September 2008.

The warrant states that Kiplingbaugh made a number of cash transfers to pay for items, including the residential unit on Sierra Vista Drive. The alleged ill gained money was also used to buy cars, pay for private schooling and other personal use.

Kiplingbaugh stands accused of 28 felonies ranging from theft to unauthorized use of a financial transaction device.

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