State Senator Steve King charged with embezzlement, forgery, theft and misconduct

DENVER - Colorado State Senator Steve King was issued a summons Wednesday for three felonies and two misdemeanors, records show.

King, a 55-year-old Republican who represents District 7 in Mesa and Garfield Counties, was elected to the Colorado Senate in 2010. Previously, he served in the Colorado House of Representatives.

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that King dropped out of the race for Mesa County Sheriff after allegations surfaced about his part-time work at the sheriff's office. He was fired in June over allegations of falsifying his timecard and for insubordination after being confronted about it.

Also, according to our partners at The Denver Post, King worked as a security coordinator at Colorado Mesa University but failed to inform the school about his work at the Sheriff's Office. He also did not disclose the university employment to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, the newspaper reported.

The charges, filed by the 18th Judicial District Attorney in Arapahoe County to avoid a conflict of interest, accuse King of felony embezzlement of public property, felony forgery of a government document, felony theft of $2,000-$5,000, misdemeanor official misconduct and misdemeanor forgery.

According to the court records, King was issued a summons and a court ordered the collection of fingerprints and DNA.

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