ID theft, pot cases continued


Defendants at a glance

- Lawrence Lee Chiles

Age: 66

Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Case number: 09CR99

Arresting charge: Identity theft (fraud), a Class 4 Felony punishable by two to six years imprisonment, with a mandatory three years of parole, and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000.

Chiles was arrested in California on a warrant issued by the Steamboat Springs Police Department. According to the arrest warrant, Chiles is suspected of using a local man's identity to open several business accounts in California.

Chiles was booked into Routt County Jail on July 30 and remains in custody.

Chiles first appeared Aug. 12, when the case was continued.

He is next scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

Previous stories:

"Steamboat man fights identity theft"

- Timothy Barrow Nelson

Age: 36

Hometown: Hayden

Case number: 09CR88

Arresting charges: Cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unaltered dog at large (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies raided Nelson's home May 23 and seized six marijuana plants, 62.8 grams (2.2 ounces) of dried marijuana and 10 samples of chemicals they found on the property. Nelson claimed in a letter to Routt County Judge James Garrecht that the liquids were "homemade berry wine, octane booster, starting fluid and methanol" for his motorcycle hobby. An analysis from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation later found the chemicals were not hazardous.

Nelson was booked into Routt County Jail on June 16 and bonded out.

Nelson's case was continued Wednesday as Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle needed time to confer with DA Elizabeth Oldham.

Nelson's next appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m on Sept. 2.

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"Hayden man wanted on marijuana charges turns himself in"

"Arrest warrant pending in pot bust"

"CBI to analyze chemicals from pot bust"

"Deputies search home east of Hayden"

- Dean Leslie Mowatt

Age: 31

Hometown: Mackinac Island, Mich.

Case number: 09CR110

Arresting charges: Identification theft, theft, criminal possession of financial transaction device, Colorado Organized Crime Act, conspiracy, gathering information by deception. Mowatt was arrested out of county for the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

Mowatt was the fifth person arrested in the "Jamaican Lottery Scam" investigation.

Mowatt was booked into Routt County Jail on July 26 and remains in custody. His next appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 2.

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The California man accused of using the identity of a Steamboat Springs man to open store credit cards on the West Coast requested a preliminary hearing Wednesday after spending 27 days in Routt County Jail.

Lawrence Chiles, accused of using local Chris Wening's identity to open store accounts at chain home improvement stores in California, remained in custody in the Routt County Jail since he was booked July 30.

During a hearing with Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday, public defender Grant Bursek said Chiles' failing health should entitle him to a reduced bail and release from jail pending his preliminary hearing, tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

Garrecht declined to reduce or remove Chiles' bail, but he said if there is a resolution in the case before the scheduled hearing, he would be willing to move the case forward.

Chiles appeared via teleconference from the jail. In his last hearing, the 66-year-old was in a wheelchair with an oxygen-breathing device. In surveillance photos from the stores in California, however, Chiles was walking with a cane.

Garrecht also agreed to delay the case of Dean Mowatt, accused of participating in what investigators are calling the "Jamaican Lottery Scam." Mowatt was the fifth person arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation. Four other alleged co-conspirators were indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado on July 13, and local charges against the four were dropped.

Mowatt's case was set for transfer to District Court with Judge Shelly Hill during a hearing Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, Garrecht agreed to continue the case of Timothy Nelson, accused of growing marijuana in his Hayden home. The case appears to be near completion, but Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said he would like to first confer with District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham.

Oldham has been working on the trial of Craig resident Terry Hankins, who on Wednesday was found guilty of murdering and abusing the corpse of his wife, 34-year-old Cynthia Hankins.

Nelson is next scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Sept. 2, when the case likely will be concluded.


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