Ski pass thieves admit embezzlement |

Ski pass thieves admit embezzlement

by Amy Alonzo

Two thirds of a trio accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of ski pass vouchers changed their pleas to guilty Monday morning in Douglas County District Court.

Angelo R. Bozin, 26, of South Lake Tahoe, and Mark E. Graham, 21, of Gardnerville Ranchos, admitted to serving as principles to embezzlement. Bozin and Graham were set for separate August trials.

Tim Jacobsen, 22, of Minden, the third man accused of the crime, changed his plea to guilty last week.

The three men admitted stealing approximately 1,100 vouchers worth nearly $38,000 from Heavenly Ski Resort and selling them online. The thefts took place between October 2015 and March 2016.

The men are each facing up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines. They are set for sentencing Aug. 7.

A Wellington man who owes nearly $100,000 in child support was sentenced to prison.

Jeremi J. Schortgen, 40, owes $95,032 in child support. He brought $200 with him to court to put toward that amount, said defense attorney Derrick Lopez.

Schortgen was on probation contingent on him making regular payments; however, his payments “have been few and far between,” said prosecutor Peter Handy.

Schortgen was set for sentencing in April, but he failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

“Since we were here the last time you haven’t done a good job showing the court why I should grant you probation,” Judge Thomas Gregory told him.

A South Lake Tahoe man arrested for possession of methamphetamine faces deportation.

Rogelio G. Hernandez, 39, was arrested in February after he was stopped for traveling 5 mph in a 15 mph zone with no rear license plate light on Kahle Drive in Stateline. Deputies spotted methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a scale and bags with methamphetamine residue in the car, and Hernandez did not have a valid license at the time.

“Most likely he will be deported,” said defense attorney Maria Pence. “He has an immigration hold … If he is, for some reason, not deported, I ask he be allowed to do treatment.”

Hernandez was sentenced to 30 months in prison, with parole eligibility after 12 months. That sentence was suspended.

District Court has nothing to do with Hernandez’s deportation status, Gregory said.

A Minden man admitted he battered another man and caused substantial bodily harm.

Around 3 a.m. March 4 a deputy spotted two men in the middle of Highway 395 outside the French Bar in Gardnerville. A man lying in the road said Joseph R. Chafin, 24, had “jumped him” and that his leg was broken.

Chafin was also arrested Dec. 31, 2016, on his third DUI, said prosecutor Tina Russom. Chafin also violated his bail conditions May 6 after getting in a fight at Buckaroos while intoxicated, she said.

Chafin will be sentenced Aug. 14. He faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A Carson City woman who sold methamphetamine to deputies will attend drug court.

Crystal S. Rainwater, 32, was arrested Jan. 31. She had previously sold 2.5 grams of methamphetamine to deputies.

Rainwater told Gregory she’s been clean 122 days and “I’m trying to fix the mistakes I made. This was a short stint …. I feel good now that I’m clean.”

Her underlying sentence is 32 months in prison. She has credit for 35 days served.