An arrest warrant has been issued in Pitkin County for a Parachute man accused of setting up a phony email account using a name similar to that of his former employer in order to collect money from one of the company’s clients.
James Kansas, 46, faces arrest on three felony charges — attempted theft, forgery and criminal impersonation — according to a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office affidavit. Bond was set at $2,500 for each offense.
The affidavit from deputy Quinton Wheatley states that on Sept. 20, Wheatley received a call from a man who said he received an invoice in the amount of $4,700 from a Gmail account. The man opened the invoice at his business, which is located in unincorporated Pitkin County. The man forwarded the invoice to Wheatley so that he could investigate it.
Wheatley opened the invoice and saw that it contained information suggesting it came from a certain company located in Glenwood Springs and that Kansas’ name was attached to it, the affidavit says. The business owner said he didn’t pay the invoice because of a previous incident involving Kansas that resulted in an arrest warrant for misdemeanor theft. The man said he didn’t owe Kansas or the Glenwood Springs company any money.
Wheatley, the affidavit continues, contacted the owner of the Glenwood Springs company, who said that Kansas no longer was an employee and had no permission to use his business information. Further, the business owner said that the invoice to the Pitkin County business owner did not come from him or his company.
The invoice provided an option to pay through a service called Invoice2go, which the Glenwood Springs business owner said he doesn’t use. Also, the Gmail address that Kansas allegedly used to send the invoice is not associated with the Glenwood Springs business, the affidavit says.
“[The business owner] believes that Kansas is using a similar email address to make it seem like the invoice is coming from [the business owner’s company],” Wheatley wrote.
Additionally, Wheatley checked with Google LLC to see whose name was associated with the Gmail account, and on Oct. 30 the company responded and said Kansas created the account last year.
The arrest warrant signed by Pitkin County District Judge Chris Seldin lists Thursday’s date. Kansas had not been arrested as of Thursday evening.