Snowmass man charged with selling fake elk permits
The Aspen Times
Aspen police arrested a 27-year-old Snowmass man Wednesday and charged him with selling fake New Mexico elk-hunting permits, according to court documents.
Joshua Meacham is facing two counts of felony theft after a more than 10-month investigation by Aspen police. Meacham, who also manufactures marijuana patches in Aspen, faced similar charges in Arizona in 2009, according to court documents.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office first began investigating Meacham in November when a woman who paid $3,625 for an elk-hunting permit on eBay contacted an officer, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court. The woman told Pitkin County Sheriff’s investigator Brad Gibson she never received the permit.
In April, Gibson spoke to another man who paid Meacham $6,300 for an unspecified number of elk-hunting permits in the same area of New Mexico as the first victim, the affidavit states. The man never received the permits.
Meacham called Gibson in April and promised to furnish documentation that proved the elk permits were legitimate but never did, according to the affidavit.
After finding out he was under investigation, Meacham later paid back both people who bought the alleged New Mexico permits, the affidavit states.
Gibson also received two police reports from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, which alleged that Meacham sold hunting permits over the Internet and never delivered them, the affidavit states. He was charged with felony fraud in that case.
However, the case was dismissed after Meacham paid back the $8,950 he received for the permits, the affidavit states.
Meacham also was charged with larceny in Florida in May, though that case also was dismissed when he paid money owed in the case, according to court documents.
In January, the authority that issues marijuana licenses in Aspen delayed giving Meacham a license to manufacture cannabis-infused patches because an Aspen police detective pointed out that he didn’t include on his application that he’d been cited in Arizona for driving with a revoked license and failure to appear in court.
The Local Licensing Authority granted the license two days later, and Meacham began manufacturing the patches in March.
Meacham is due in court in October on the theft charges.
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