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Area resident held on no-bond Nevada warrant

A somewhat tangled web of warrants led to the Feb. 19 arrest of an area resident on a minor warrant from Douglas County and a no-bond warrant from Nevada that might lead to extradition proceedings.

An unidentified caller contacted the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department with a tip that Mark Douglas Jones likely had an arrest warrant active out of Nevada, said Det. George Barter of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office.

In looking for the warrant, Barter said only a minor warrant out of Douglas County for contempt of court was found, and the arrest was then made.

While unsure of how word spread of the arrest, Barter said Archuleta County Combined Dispatch received a call from Scott Balder, criminal investigator for Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller’s Securities Division, about the Nevada warrant on Jones.

In the course of conversation between the two jurisdictions, it was soon discovered that the Nevada warrant didn’t show up in the original search because of different dates of birth and social security numbers, Barter said.

Balder completed some background investigation and found where Jones had used the numbers (date of birth and SSN) used in Archuleta County elsewhere. Jones used dates of birth in both 1967 and 1964.

In addition to the background investigation, Barter noted that the victim of Jones’ alleged Nevada crime identified him.

The Nevada warrant includes four felony counts — securities fraud; transacting business as an unlicensed broker or dealer; offering to sell an unregistered security; and theft.

According to a press release from the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, “The criminal complaint against Jones says he failed to make numerous disclosures to the victim, including details about the company and the investment contract he offered, and failed to tell her that the security he offered was unregistered and that he was not licensed as a broker-dealer in Nevada.”

The charges stem from a reported scheme in which Jones allegedly claimed to have a nonprofit company, Eaglefinger Enterprises, Inc., that helped battered women, abused children and Native Americans. Jones also alleged that the U.S. government subsidized the company, Barter said.

Jones reportedly told his 44-year-old victim that he would sell her securities and that her entire principal investment would be repaid and would earn a 2 percent per month return on her investment for two years. The woman then gave Jones $130,000 she obtained from selling her house in Rhode Island, which he then spent, according to Barter and the Nevada press release. The alleged crime took place between June 2004 and January 2005.

Jones reportedly fled Nevada shortly after coming under investigation in January 2005, according to the press release.

The warrant originally included a $40,000 cash bond.

“This last week, I guess Nevada found there was some chance he would be released on bond,” Barter said, so the arrest warrant was rewritten, adjusting it to include no bond.

In a hearing with District Court Judge Greg Lyman March 8, Lyman also decided to hold Jones without bond.

Jones faces a fugitive hearing March 16 to determine if he will remain here until Nevada extradites him. The Nevada Attorney General is preparing the extradition documents.

randi@pagosasun.com