CO State Senator, Erstwhile Sheriff Caught With Hand in the Cookie Jar, Slapped With 3 Felonies

Sen. Steve King (R).

Grand Junction, Colorado, seems to have really poor luck with elected officials

Today, in a turn of events not altogether unforeseen by political observers, State Senator Steve King was charged with a series of crimes related to apparent irregularities in outside work that he did during his time in the legislature.

The complaint alleges King defrauded the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Mesa University of $2,000 to $5,000 between July 2013 and December. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Wednesday that no affidavit explaining the basis for the charges was filed.

As ColoradoPols initially reported earlier this month, King was being paid for three different government jobs simultaneously. And King was fired from the Mesa County Sheriff's office early in the summer for allegedly falsifying timecards.

When the extent of the questionable behavior became public, King withdrew his candidacy for Mesa County Sheriff. Now, District Attorney George Brauchler has filed a series of charges which include felony counts of embezzlement of public property, forgery and theft. He also was charged with misdemeanor counts of forgery and official misconduct.

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