Keystone ski pass faker claims sex change to avoid impersonation bust
December 5, 2009
KEYSTONE, Colo. – A father was “shocked” last weekend when a local deputy called asking whether his son was having a sex-change operation, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The trouble started when a woman was caught trying to use a man named Daniel’s ski pass at Keystone Resort. When asked for a date of birth, she complied but “was slow to recall it,” according to the report.
The woman claimed to be in the middle of a sex change and couldn’t provide any personal information beyond the birthday and middle name.
“The female stated her parents knew of her sex change, and she stated they disowned her when she told them,” according to the report.
The deputy asked for the parents’ phone number, and the woman gave it to them. Daniel’s father answered and said he knew nothing of a sex change. He also called the Summit County Communication Center to verify that the deputy was legitimate.
An hour later, the Keystone scanning supervisor told the deputy there was a phone number on Daniel’s ski pass file. The deputy called the number and Daniel answered, informing the deputy that he had given the pass to his girlfriend, Wanda.
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The woman spoke with Daniel then told the deputy that she was actually Wanda.
She was arrested and booked on charges of theft of more than $500 and criminal impersonation.
The event was one of five alleged skier pass fraud or thefts the sheriff’s office handled between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29.
In another case of gender-bending fraud, a man was charged with trying to use a “girl’s pass” that he said belonged to his sister. When the story became inconsistent, the man reportedly claimed to have purchased a woman’s pass while he waited in the ticket line. He was issued a summons for the charge of theft less than $500, because the half-day lift ticket was $60.