LONGMONT, Colo. –
A Boulder County political and gun activist who pleaded guilty in 2007 to menacing a traffic-control flagger with a handgun pleaded guilty Thursday to accusations that he tried to sell Longmont rescue vehicles online.
Paul Tiger, 51, of Longmont, is accused of posting an unauthorized Craigslist ad offering to sell all of the Longmont Emergency Unit’s cars and trucks for the asking price of $1,000.
Longmont police Cmdr. Tim Lewis said police believe Tiger, who is not affiliated with the unit, placed the ad about Nov. 19 last year.
The fraudulent ad, Lewis said, told prospective buyers that, “Due to gross mismanagement, acute apathy, criminal negligence and lack of leadership of the Longmont Emergency Unit, the LEU is forced to liquidate its rolling stock.”
No one from the volunteer, nonprofit group could be reached for comment Thursday, but Lewis said he’s sure the vehicles weren’t really for sale. Tiger didn’t return several phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.
Investigators interviewed Tiger on Dec. 1, Lewis said, and decided to issue him a ticket for misdemeanor harassment. On Thursday, Tiger pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct. He was ordered to pay a $26 fine and serve 36 hours of community service.
In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed the harassment count. They also dropped a complaint that by being charged with a new crime, Tiger violated the terms of a two-year deferred sentence stemming from a 2007 incident involving a gun.
Tiger, who has run for numerous elected positions in Boulder County as a Libertarian candidate, was charged in 2007 with felony menacing after confronting a road worker near the intersection of South Sunset Street and Nelson Road because of road closures and detours near his business.
The flagger told police Tiger was upset and returned later with a gun, which he gripped while saying, “I bet you’ll have a civil tongue about you now, won’t you?”
According to court records, Tiger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor menacing charge and received a two-year deferred sentence that ends Sept. 10.
In 2004, an upset Tiger came to the Camera’s lobby with a loaded Colt .38 strapped to his hip. He was frustrated that the paper hadn’t yet covered his candidacy for county commissioner.
In 1989, Tiger was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing. He said a man in a flat-bed truck was harassing him and that he pulled out a pistol.
Contact Camera Staff Writer Heath Urie at 303-473-1328 or email@example.com.