Former Dog Trainer Now Accused in ID Theft Ring

Court papers spell it all out. Investigators say Scott Martin reportedly was the leader of a sophisticated identity theft ring.

They say he had about 20 people working underneath him.
They had various roles like stealing mail, breaking into cars, using victims' personal information to make counterfeit checks, and then passing those checks at businesses from Pueblo to Colorado Springs to Monument to Castle Rock.

He now faces numerous charges including identity theft and forgery, But this isn't the first time he's been in hot water.

Our own 11Call For Action team launched an investigation back in 2010 after Martin's company lost one family's dog and refused to give them a refund.

I asked Scott, "Why don't you just say that in the contract, no refunds? It's not in there."
He responded, "That's right, do you dictate how I run my business?"

I replied, "I'm just saying it would be easier for the customer."
He interrupts and says, "Get the f*** out of my face. Get out of my business."

At that time Scott also mentioned his criminal record.
He said, "Oh, and a long one too."

A few months later we tried to get answers from Martin for an army soldier who had been deployed to Iraq.

Chris Dillon had left his dog, Ava in Martin's care.

We later had to pass on the heartbreaking news... That Ava had been given to another family and then euthanized.

Chris said, "I would love to have her back in my arms right now."

Now at the center of a different investigation, Martin is being held at the Criminal Justice Center on $500,000 bond.

The reason it's so high is because authorities say they recorded his conversations with a girlfriend.

He reportedly walked her through a plan to make a fake check in the amount of $263,000 to bond him out of jail.

Then they reportedly were planning to leave the country and travel to a place which doesn't extradite suspects to the U.S. Instead martin's stuck behind bars facing serious charges.

Scott Martin could face decades behind bars.
His next court appearance is set for Thursday, February 16th.

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  • by Sara on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
    I know some of the people that went down with him. There is no excuse for the abuse that happened to Ava and I feel like he did the most disturbing thing. But 2 People that went to jail because of Scott are 2 people i love to death.
  • by kathy on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    I knew in time his day would come goes back to as i was taught What we dish out always comes back in this case well over due Bless all the doggies he hurt and all the people that fell to his scam. Justice prevails and his girl friend should pay she could not of been blind to all what he did.
  • by Paula on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:14 PM
    Ava was sold to a family for $350 cash. Vet records and photos prove Her story as well as her death.
    Colorado court website is showing Scott's bond at well over $1,000,000 on various felony charges.
    Police records, text messages and phone calls also exist showing Scott's death threats to several people including myself.
    April Hand is far from innocent in ALL of this but that story will come out too.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    Justice at last! I only wish it could erase the abuse, neglect and death of so many dogs! Thank you Betty for this story!
  • by RR on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    This dude is scumbag, lock him and his whole crew up.
  • by Yah on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:06 AM
    Where are all the comments defending him now?
  • by ME Location: everywhere on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:37 PM
    How sweet it is :) Karma does come around for you to witness sometimes...
  • by thx! on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:06 PM
    Interesting, comprehensive, well-written story! Refreshing.
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