Skico swindler avoids jail time
ASPEN The former Aspen Skiing Co. ticket agent who stole more than $4,000 from the company received a three-year deferred sentence on Monday.Nathanael Rand, 27, apologized to his family, friends and the Skico for his crime; he had paid back the Skico before the plea bargain was reached. Rand’s attorney said alcohol was likely a factor in the thefts, as well as being “too involved in the social scene.” 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. Rand used so-called Skico RSVP accounts to take money from the company seven different times before being caught in February. 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 comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s RSVP account. An hour later, the money was transferred back to Rand’s credit card account, according to court documents. Documents state that Rand made the charges while working as a ticket seller at Two Creeks in Snowmass Village. Rand does not have any prior felonies, but he does have previous convictions for a minor in possession and driving while ability impaired. District Judge James Boyd noted that the previous charges were not a significant aggravating factor, but that the number of thefts was a problem. Boyd said mitigating factors included accepting responsibility and paying restitution. “Your regret, embarrassment and apologies are all sincere,” Boyd said. “That is to your credit.”Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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