Man guilty of stealing from Skico
ASPEN A Carbondale man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $4,000 from Aspen Skiing Co. clients in a lift ticket refund scam.Nathaniel David Rand, a former ticket agent for the Skico, showed little remorse in Pitkin County District Court. “I can’t sit here and say how sorry I am,” Rand, 26, told Judge James Boyd.Assistant District Attorney Gail Nichols said Rand had access to Skico computers as part of his job. The former ticket agent would sell ticket packages and then immediately refund the money to himself. “The Skiing Company was the victim because they replenished the accounts,” Nichols said. “Rand has already repaid the money [to the Skico].” Rand used so-called Skico RSVP accounts to take money from the company seven different times; he was charged with felony theft in a series. Skico maintains the accounts of people who have sought refunds on lift tickets. Instead of refunding cash, Skico refunds credit into the RSVP accounts.In one instance, Rand bought an eight-day lift ticket package for $624 using Seinfeld’s RSVP account. An hour later, the money was transferred back to Rand’s credit card account, according to court documents. Rand’s crimes were discovered Feb. 28 when Skico auditor Rebecca LaCroix received a phone call from a man complaining about an erroneous charge of $702 on his credit card, according to court documents. When LaCroix looked into the charge, she found that just 20 minutes after the charge, it was refunded back to a different credit card number.Documents state that Rand made both charges, using his position as a ticket seller at Two Creeks in Snowmass Village. Rand is scheduled to be sentenced July 16 at 3 p.m. Boyd has given him permission to travel to Michigan on July 1-10. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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