Ernesto Chacon Navarro

Ernesto Chacon Navarro makes his initial appearance in February 2018 in Natrona County Circuit Court. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday dismissed a case against him after he successfully completed a diversion program.

Prosecutors on Tuesday dismissed the case against a Colorado man whom they charged with fraud last spring in Wyoming’s federal court.

Ernesto Chacon Navarro successfully completed a pre-trial diversion program, prosecutors said in documents dismissing the case against him. He had faced a single count of using an unauthorized access device in order to obtain at least $1,000.

Chacon Navarro pleaded not guilty and was not required to change his plea or go to trial as a result of the diversion program. Instead, he paid about $7,700 in restitution to five banks across two states.

Court documents filed in August indicate Chacon Navarro was due to pay $1,315 to UniWyo Federal Credit Union in Laramie and $1,173 to Converse County Bank in Douglas as part of the restitution.

Other details of the diversion program, which Chacon Navarro agreed to with prosecutors in July, were not available in publicly accessible court filings.

Casper police in February 2018 arrested Chacon Navarro, of Brighton, Colorado, outside a Sam’s Club. Prosecutors charged him in state court with eight counts of forgery and one count of unlawful use of a credit card. At Chacon Navarro’s initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court, a prosecutor said he had used stolen credit card numbers to buy prepaid gift cards.

Chacon Navarro worked with other people — whom the prosecutor did not name — to run similar scams in Minnesota, South Dakota and Nevada, Natrona County Assistant District Attorney Trevor Schenk said.

A federal grand jury indicted Chacon Navarro two weeks later. After delays in the federal case, Chacon Navarro struck a deal with prosecutors. On Thursday, prosecutors dismissed the case.

Details of the status of the state case were not immediately available on Tuesday evening. Neither Dion Custis, the defense attorney who represented Chacon Navarro, nor a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office could be reached by phone on Tuesday evening.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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