Fake signatures show up on petition for new tech center hotel

Greenwood Village Police are now investigating

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- An investigation is underway after fake signatures were discovered on a petition in support of new hotel.

The petition is for a proposed Marriott Residence Inn that would be located in the Denver Tech Center. One resident who confirms his signature was forged said he doesn't even support the project.

"Nothing like my signature, you can read it," joked Neil Olesky. 

The questionable signatures came to light during a planning and zoning meeting on Tuesday when residents at the meeting said they never signed that document. The City Manager for Greenwood Village, John Jackson, confirms they've had several claims of fake signatures on that same petition.

Jackson said planning staff drafted a memo and turned everything over to police on Wednesday. He added that the District Attorney's Office will be reviewing the case to determine if a crime occurred.

"We take it very seriously, there is no room for forgery," said Jackson.

Denver7 reached out to the companies associated with the proposed hotel. Baywood Hotels, CRL Associates, and the Denver Tech Center sent a letter to the city addressing the concerns.

The letter says the team is shocked by forgery allegations and blames a third party contractor. According to the letter, they hired a company called TurnCorps and a man named Eric Forney to collect the signatures.

We have terminated our relationship with TurnCorps and Mr. Forney and we will fully cooperate with the City’s Police Department in any investigation into Mr. Forney’s actions. In the future, we will ensure that any individuals or contractors engaged on our behalf are more rigorously vetted and supervised to avoid something of this nature ever happening again.

You can read the full letter here. If you believe your signature was forged, contact Greenwood Village Police at (303) 773-2525.

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