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Former Ski.com employee gets house arrest

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Disrupting business at Aspen booking agency Ski.com will cost a former employee $13,096, a federal judge has ruled.

James M. DiBlasio, convicted of two federal felonies connected to computer tampering, also must serve six months of house arrest and three years of probation as part of a sentence handed down March 14 by Judge Lewis T. Babcock.

The former Aspen resident also was ordered to undergo alcohol abuse treatment and mental health treatment. Additionally, DiBlasio can not open up new credit accounts or incur additional credit charges, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court of Denver.



DiBlasio, now a resident of Indiana, was a sales representative for Ski.com from September 2004 through November 2006.

In October, a federal grand jury indicted him for deleting airline reservations, altering contact information between Ski.com and the airlines with which it books reservations, and deleting electronic data that Ski.com used to review available reservations. DiBlasio also changed the profile Ski.com sent to airlines. The indictment said DiBlasio committed the crimes in January 2007, from a computer in Indiana.




The crimes were committed when DiBlasio went on a “three-day drinking binge,” according to a sentencing memorandum written by his attorney, H. Michael Steinberg of Greenwood Village, Colo.

“(DiBlasio) recalled waking up the morning after the offense, wondering what he had done, and trying to fix the area he had damaged,” Steinberg wrote. “(DiBlasio) reported that he had never planned to enter the system and had no intention of damaging the computer system. He reported that two weeks after his involvement in the instant offense he contacted his medical insurance company and set up substance abuse treatment.”

As part of a plea agreement seven of the nine felony charges were dropped. He faced had faced fines ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 and prison sentences between one and three years.

Ski.com president Harry Peisach said he was satisfied with the sentence, which requires DiBlasio to pay Peisach $13,096 in monthly installments of at least $250. DiBlasio also was ordered to pay a lump sum of $6,000. The restitution amount was based on what Ski.com had to pay in security changes to its electronic databases and server, according to court papers.

“We’re happy there’s a resolution,” Peisach said Wednesday. “I’m sorry what happened to him but it was important for us to present this to law-enforcement authorities and this was the appropriate course for them to take.”

The judge ordered that DiBlasio’s house detention take effect within 21 days of sentencing. DiBlasio will be required to stay at his residence at all times, “other than times spent at work or spent on other activities approved in advance by the probation officer, and this period of home detention shall be enforced by electronic monitoring,” the judge ruled.

DiBlasio also will have to wear an electronic monitoring device, and will not be allowed to have a cordless telephone, an answering machine, or any other “special services” related to telecommunications, Babcock ruled.

Steinberg, DiBlasio’s attorney, wrote in the sentencing memorandum that his client suffered from alcoholism and the crimes against Ski.com had taken their toll on him.

“(DiBlasio’s) actions, while serious, were aberrant when compared to the balance of his life as a father and husband and occurred as a result of the disease of alcoholism,” Steinberg wrote. “Alcoholism has systematically all but destroyed what (DiBlasio) has cherished most of his life. (DiBlasio) has fought back from the dark days surrounding his crimes and has made tremendous strides to ‘right’ his life.”

rcarroll@aspentimes.com

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