Man faces fraud, deceit charge

— A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces a felony charge for allegedly obtaining a prescription drug illegally.

Agents of the Grand, Routt, Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested Gary Guy Schelling Tuesday evening at his home in the 400 block of 12th Street.

Schelling was arrested after the agents obtained an arrest warrant from Routt County Judge James Garrecht earlier in the day.

On Wednesday afternoon, Schelling appeared in Routt County Court. Garrecht set the man's bail at $10,000.

During the court proceeding, Schelling maintained his innocence.

"I am trying to straighten out my life," Schelling said.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Wittemyer requested Garrecht set Schelling's bond at $50,000.

Schelling "has a long and illustrious history," Wittemyer said of Schelling's criminal history.

Wittemyer said Schelling's criminal history includes possession and distribution of cocaine, possession of marijuana, assault, harassment and a number of drunken-driving arrests.

The recent legal trouble Schelling faces stems from forging a prescription, Wittemyer said.

Schelling faces a charge of fraud and deceit, a class four felony.

Wittemyer could not provide specific details of the allegations. GRAMNET officials were also unavailable to comment about the allegations and Schelling's arrest.

Before Garrecht set the man's bail, Schelling argued that it did not need to be set at $50,000.

"I beg you to reduce the bond, so I can make a living," he said. "I have always lived and worked in Colorado. I am not going anywhere."

Schelling also indicated during the court proceeding he has injured his ribs, had six knee surgeries and suffers from back, neck and shoulder pain.

Schelling's next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 29.

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