The Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office, in a special prosecution, filed a criminal charge Aug. 20 in Moffat County against the owner of a defunct Craig collection company.
Kelly Grinolds, former president and sole shareholder of Poznet Solutions Inc., or Poznet Recovery Services, is charged with a single count of theft over $15,000 in a series, a class 3 felony.
According to the charging document, Grinolds "unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly obtained or exercised control over things of value, namely, money" belonging to at least 13 victims.
Most of the businesses and people listed in the charging document as victims of the alleged thefts are located in either Craig or Steamboat Springs, though there are at least two located out of state.
They are: Abbey Carpet by Braia, Axis Steel, Cook Chevrolet, Shepherd and Sons, Inc., Moffat County Schools Federal Credit Union, Craig Grain and White River Energy, all of Craig; Ace at the Curve, Brian Siegal, Steamboat Property Management, Weston Oil Company, Inc., all of Steamboat Springs; Timberglen Apartments, of Gillette, Wyo.; and Rhett Rainey, D.O., of Winder, Ga.
The alleged thefts occurred twice or more within a period of six months, between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2006, according to the complaint.
Anthony Hershey, a deputy district attorney in the Ninth Judicial District, explained the theft in a series charge. He said the single charge groups all of the alleged offenses together rather than charge multiple offenses individually.
Bonnie Roesink, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said her office requested the Ninth Judicial District handle the case against Grinolds as a special prosecution. She said her office was a victim of Poznet.
The 14th conducted an investigation into Grinolds and turned findings over to the Ninth, based out of Glenwood Springs.
Still, neither Moffat County nor the District Attorney's Office are listed among the alleged victims on the charging document.
James Leuthauser, a deputy district attorney in the Ninth, said he couldn't comment on the case because it is a pending criminal matter.
"It just isn't appropriate at this stage," Leuthauser said. "We have to ensure the proceedings are fair : and maintain the integrity of the system."
Barring a change of venue, the case against Grinolds will be heard in Moffat County, he said.
A summons to appear in court has been issued to Grinolds, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14 in Moffat County Court.
Grinolds has not notified the court of an attorney representing him, according to records.
A witness list for the prosecution includes representatives from the businesses listed in the complaint, as well as the Craig Police Department and 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, among others.
Poznet closed in March 2007 following a recommendation it be closed from a court-appointed receiver to Moffat County District Court in the midst of a legal dispute with The Memorial Hospital.
The hospital is not listed among the alleged victims in the criminal complaint against Grinolds, though one of its attorneys is cited as a potential witness in the case.