Friday, 27 Nov 2020

Man ordered to pay $2.5 restitution to four victims in marijuana fraud.

A former Aspen businessman sentenced to 12 years in prison has been ordered to pay nearly $2.5 million in restitution to four victims swindled in a black-market marijuana scheme.

Scott Pack was sentenced to prison in July by Arapahoe County District Judge Michael Spear under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act on a first-class drug felony conviction, as well as two counts of securities fraud.

Last week, Spear ruled that four victims, who were defrauded by Pack, be paid restitution in the case.

The four had sought $2.8 million. Spear awarded amounts of $199,935; $299,935; $950,000; and $1,050,000.

“It is fitting that Pack’s insatiable greed and disregard for Colorado’s laws has now resulted in the law divesting him of much of his ill-gotten gains,” said District Attorney George Brauchler, in a news release. “I am pleased the victims will be provided some of what was taken from them.”

Pack was indicted in June 2017 and found guilty in February. As part of the case, investigators found an illegal marijuana operation at a site in Elizabeth with 845 marijuana plants weighing 2,535 pounds. The illegal marijuana, valued at more than $5 million, was distributed in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties, and other Front Range locations.

“No legal marijuana sales were reported or marijuana taxes paid,” the news release said. The four duped victims thought they had invested in a legitimate business. Pack was described by prosecutors as being a “mastermind” of the criminal enterprise.

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