State Sen. King in court to face criminal charges of embezzlement, forgery , theft, misconduct

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Republican state Sen. Steve King made his first court appearance to be advised of criminal charges alleging he falsified time cards and defrauded two former employers out of thousands of dollars.

The Grand Junction senator faces felony counts of embezzlement of public property, forgery and theft. He also faces misdemeanor counts of forgery and official misconduct.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports ( ) that King's attorney waived the advisement of criminal charges Monday. He's scheduled in court again Oct. 23.

Prosecutors allege King falsified time cards and defrauded the Mesa County Sheriff's Department and Colorado Mesa University of up to $5,000 when he worked for them.

The newspaper reports that King declined comment before and after the brief hearing.

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