Man turns self in for forging checks | AspenTimes.com

Man turns self in for forging checks

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

An Aspen man is in jail after turning himself in for allegedly forging 75 of his roommate’s checks for just over $2,000.

James Douglas Ice, 33, is charged with nine counts of forgery, a class 5 felony, and theft, a class 2 misdemeanor. According to the arrest warrant, Ice went to the Carbondale Police Department on June 13 to confess a “large number of check forgeries.”

Ice told police he had moved to Aspen from Texas three months before and lived in a house on West Hopkins Avenue with a roommate, Charles Darnall. Ice said that when Darnall moved out of the house at the end of April, he left personal property at the house, including a box of checks from Alpine Bank, court documents read.

The suspect allegedly told police he began forging Darnall’s checks in the middle of May because “work was slow.” According to the warrant, Ice is an electrician.

Ice allegedly told police he forged checks in Aspen, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, but could not cash some of the checks because some stores asked to see identification.

Aspen Police Detective Jim Crowley then got confirmation from Darnall that his former roommate had fraudulently used his Alpine Bank checks, and he had completed affidavits of fraudulent transactions for the checks in question.

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Crowley also received a spread sheet of 68 checks from Alpine Bank that Darnall said were forged by Ice. The total loss of the checks was $2,121.09, including checks made out to City Market, Clark’s Market, Texaco and 7-11, according to court documents.

Ice remains in the Pitkin County Jail with bond set at $5,000.

[Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com.]

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