DENVER – Two men are accused of driving around with a dead friend, using his ATM/debit card and visiting a strip club in a less-amusing real-life version of the film “Weekend at Bernie’s.”
The two men face charges of abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation.
Robert Young and Mark Rubinson are free on bond, but they couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. It’s unclear how Jeffery Jarrett died, but the men are not charged in his death.
The story was first reported by the Denver Post.
In the movie, two slackers find their boss dead at his ritzy beachfront home and squire the body around town, hoping to save the weekend of luxury they had planned.
According to a police affidavit released Friday, Rubinson said Jarrett was unresponsive when they loaded him into a car and went to Teddy T’s restaurant and spent more than an hour drinking, leaving Jarrett in the back of the car.
Police said the two men used Jarrett’s card to pay for the drinks on Aug. 27, noting “they did not have Jarrett’s consent.”
Rubinson and Young then drove to another restaurant to hang out, then returned to Jarrett’s home where they carried Jarrett into the house and put him in bed, leaving him there while they went to get gas and go to a burrito joint.
The two men then went to a strip club, where they flagged down a police officer and told him they thought their friend was dead. Police went to the man’s home and found the body.
Police said Young told them Jarrett was obviously dead while the three were at Teddy T’s.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office said Young posted a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 27. Rubinson posted a $3,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on Oct. 4.