The “masterminds” behind the great ticket voucher heist of Heavenly have been granted probation for involvement in selling the fraudulent ski passes last year in court Monday, Aug. 21.
The Sierra Sun reports the 971 vouchers the trio stole were intended to be given as compensation to guests if a lift breaks down for more than 20 minutes per resort policy. In all they were worth about $116,000. This is how their scam worked:
“It was discovered that the Jacobsen had been taking the ski passes from the tops of the lifts, where he worked as an operator, and giving the tickets to Graham and Bosen for the three to sell them on Craigslist.com. Jacobsen and Graham gave the stolen passes to at least four other people to sell. The district attorney said at one point all of the men had a total of 12 fake accounts to sell the tickets.”
The thefts took place between October 2015 and March 2016 and were discovered after an audit conducted by Heavenly. Heavenly reported that only 23 legitimate vouchers were given out in 2016 but 312 had been redeemed since the start of 2016.
Angelo R. Bosen, 25, of South Lake Tahoe and Mark Graham, 21, of Gardnerville were sentenced to 48 months with parole at 12 months suspended sentence for principle to commit embezzlement, and Tim E. Jacobsen, 22, of Minden was sentenced to 60 months with parole eligibility after 18 months suspended sentence to embezzlement. All three defendant’s sentences were for a probation period of five years, and each was ordered to pay more than $32,000 in restitution.