Limo service owner arrested for fraud
The owner of a local limousine service was arrested for allegedly trying to defraud buyers on eBay.
After a two-and-a-half-month investigation, Jonathon Levine, 43, the owner-operator of VailLuxuryLimo, was arrested Friday for allegedly using someone else’s identity to sell computer parts on eBay, according to Avon police.
Levine, who has not obtained an attorney yet, said Tuesday that his arrest was “a big shock to me.” He noted that he has not been formally charged yet.
Police say Levine, who lives in Avon’s Wildridge neighborhood, used another’s identity to sell computer parts on eBay. eBay monitors accounts for fraud and suspends users that it believes defraud customers. After eBay suspended Levine, he allegedly switched to other identities to circumvent suspicions.
Data obtained from eBay records allegedly showed Levine used several identities, some of which he used to sell items on the popular auction Web site.
Police searched Levine’s residence and vehicles and turned up a “significant” amount of potential evidence against him, and a bag of suspected methamphetamine, according Avon police investigators.
Levine was arrested on suspicion of six counts of criminal impersonation, all felony charges, six counts of misdemeanor computer crime and one count of possession of methamphetamine, a felony. Levine posted a $57,500 bond and was released from the Eagle County jail.