Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hearing set in Hailey fraud case

Man accused of illegally using fatherís VISA card number


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

James Logan Kassner

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Blaine County Magistrate Court for a Ketchum man accused of illegally using his father's VISA card number to purchase more than $2,000 in computer equipment and software.

Nineteen-year-old James Logan Kassner was arrested in late November and charged with the felony crime of "fraud—criminal possession of a financial transaction card or number to purchase goods or services."

Kassner made an initial court appearance on the charge in magistrate court on Nov. 26. According to Blaine County jail records, he was released from custody on Nov. 29 after posting $2,500 bond.

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The case was investigated by the Hailey Police Department because the crime allegedly occurred while Kassner was staying with a friend in Hailey.

Police Lt. Steve England wrote in a probable-cause affidavit that the investigation was started after Kassner's father, Ketchum police Sgt. Dave Kassner, complained on Nov. 24 about unauthorized charges to his VISA account and said he suspected his son was responsible.

England wrote that much of the equipment identified on the VISA statement was found at the home on Third Avenue South where James Kassner was staying. England alleged in the affidavit that Kassner bought the equipment and software from the Apple Online Store and had it delivered to Wood River High School, where Kassner is a student.

Hailey attorney Douglas Werth was appointed public defender.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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