Colorado man gets 12 years in prison for time-share scam

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado judge has sentenced a 36-year-old Boulder man to 12 years in prison for running a time-share fraud scheme.

Boulder County District Attorney spokeswoman Shannon Carbone says Kristopher Chavez also was sentenced to two years of work release and 20 years of probation following his prison sentence.

The Daily Camera reports a jury convicted Chavez last year of one count of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, one count of theft of an at-risk elder and 19 counts of felony theft.

According to the initial indictment, Chavez and an accomplice operated a scheme from 2014 through September 2016 that involved getting owners to pay a fee to transfer ownership of their time-share.

But the time-shares were never legitimately transferred and the owners remained liable for dues and fees.