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Local broker back in jail

John Colson

Peter Nardi, a local real estate broker convicted of stealing $22,000 in rents from his former bosses, is back in jail after being accused Monday of violating his probation.

Nardi, 38, pleaded guilty last July to charges that he collected the rents from a rental complex on Red Mountain while telling the property’s owner and his colleagues at a local real estate company that the units were empty.

He served a month in jail and is on probation for the next two years.

Nardi’s day in court started out badly on Monday. He appeared in court after probation officer Kyle Miller reported to Judge J.E. DeVilbiss that a urine analysis report on Nardi came back “positive for cocaine.” He also noted that Nardi allegedly had been seen by a police officer driving a car while his license was suspended.

Miller recommended that the judge “unsuspend” 60 days of jail time that were part of Nardi’s sentence but not imposed after he paid “restitution” of more than $22,000.

When the judge called his case up, Nardi was sitting in the back of the courtroom with Bonnie Chance, one of the real estate brokers he had been ordered to stay away from as a condition of his probation.

Chance had even written a letter to the judge, describing repeated calls and contacts initiated by Nardi as well as problems getting him to repay a debt to her. She declared, “I told him I wanted him to leave me alone.”

Judge DeVilbiss, questioning Nardi about the case, asked about “the person you brought to court with you,” meaning Chance.

Nardi said Chance had come to court on her own, which she later confirmed, and told the judge he had not known of the “no contact” order included with his probation.

“That’s baloney,” retorted DeVilbiss. When Nardi persisted in protesting his ignorance of the conditions of his probation, DeVilbiss added, “That’s garbage. Have a seat with the sheriff.”

Chance, coming to Nardi’s defense, conceded that she had received a “temporary restraining order” from a court in Eagle County. But, she added, she had that order lifted and also was not aware of the “no contact” provision. She made no mention of the letter to the judge.

But prosecutor Lawson Wills, referring to the letter, noted that the repayment issue cited by Chance probably involved a $13,000 loan she made to Nardi to help him pay his restitution.

Nardi, in his own defense, told the judge that his license had been reinstated, and that he is attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and other counseling sessions. He was not represented by an attorney in court, but said he hopes to rehire Mark Rubenstein next week.

The judge adopted Miller’s recommendation and put Nardi in jail, at least until the next hearing on his case, on Dec. 11.

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