CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A Douglas County business owner accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his customers received deferred judgment in Douglas County court this week, officials confirmed Friday.
Chad King pleaded guilty to one count of theft between $5,000-$20,000, a Class 5 felony, and received a four-year deferred sentence. King was also ordered to repay $35,753.42 in restitution, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Last year several people reached out to Contact Denver7, claiming King, the owner of Douglas County Diesel, borrowed large sums of money and never paid them back. King was facing two counts of forgery, theft ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 and theft ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, but prosecutors dropped other charges in the plea agreement.
Contact Denver7 began investigating complaints about King late 2019 when a viewer reached out to complain about a repair job. Daniel Brooks thought his truck was in King's Castle Rock shop but it was discovered at a nearby tow yard. He said the truck was gone for 10 months but no repairs had been made, his $18,000 insurance check was gone.
At the time, Castle Rock Police confirmed they were investigating two cases involving Douglas County Diesel.
Complaints continued to come into the Contact Denver7 tip line about King's business. Another viewer, Michael Phillips, said when he picked up his truck four months later, the repairs were not finished.