DENVER – The former Colorado Department of Transportation auditor fired last year amid an investigation into his state-owned credit card use has been officially charged with 17 felonies, including theft and forgery, in Denver.
Christopher Wedor, 34, faces one count of theft, two counts of identity theft, one count of computer crime, six counts of attempting to influence a public servant and seven counts of forgery. Forgery is a class 5 felony; the rest of the charges are class 4 felonies in Colorado.
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann filed charges against Wedor on Tuesday, and he turned himself in on Wednesday.
Wedor is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from CDOT over eight months last year by using his state credit card and those of three of his subordinates to buy personal items and gifts not used by the state.
The alleged theft happened between May and December of last year. He had been hired just a month before the alleged misconduct started. He was fired on Dec. 29 of last year after CDOT opened an investigation into Wedor’s credit card use.
Wedor was paid $112,000 per year in his position, the Associated Press reported in December.
His first court appearance has yet to be set. Class 4 felonies typically carry sentences of between 2 and 6 years in Colorado. Class 5 felonies usually carry 1-3 year sentences.