Corrupt Weld County District Court Chief Judge James F. Hartmann Commits Class 5 Felony Forgery During Official Investigation & Prosecution to Conceal His Involvement in Wage Theft Scam.
Forgery – creating or possessing documents that have been altered in some meaningful way – is a type of fraud. Colorado law prohibits not only making and altering written documents with the intent to deceive, but also possessing forged documents with the intent to trick others.
In Colorado, a person commits the crime of forgery by falsely making, completing, altering, or uttering (offering as true) a written instrument with the intent to defraud. A person has the intent to defraud if he or she intends to deceive or trick.
To “falsely alter” a written instrument means to change a written instrument without the authority of anyone entitled to grant such authority, whether it be in complete or incomplete form, by means of erasure, obliteration, deletion, insertion of new matter, transposition of matter, or any other means, so that such instrument in its thus altered form falsely appears or purports to be in all respects an authentic creation of or fully authorized by its ostensible maker.
“Utter” means to transfer, pass, or deliver, or attempt to cause to be transferred, passed, or delivered, to another person any written instrument, article, or thing.
The intent to defraud – specifically, the state of mind necessary to prove all the forms of Forgery, necessarily involves the intent to “defraud” people. The accused must intend to have his or her victims believe that something false is actually genuine. If the accused creates a document with this requisite intent, the crime is completed.
In 2009 Longmont Colorado homeowner Craig Buckley had sued his former employers Dream Stone, Inc., for wages due on termination of employment, among other lesser causes of action. later, in 2010, he had filed a complaint with the Colorado Division of Labor seeking fines, and possible incarceration of the employers. The employers would swear simultaneously before both the Weld County District Court, and the Colorado Division of Labor, that NEITHER had jurisdiction over his wage claim, because the matter was before the OTHER.
Based on the employers’ fraudulent claims, the Colorado Division of Labor would strip Buckley of his right to seek remedy on May 12, 2010. The Weld County District Court stripped Buckley of the right and evidence to prosecute his wage claim on June 17, 2010.
Buckley, by motion, challenged the Court’s subject matter jurisdiction, entering orders in contravention of Statutory authority, denying him rights under the Colorado Wage Act (C.R.S. 8-4-101 et seq., and specifically C.R.S. 8-4-110(2). No order of continuing jurisdiction was entered on the record of the Court.
“He (Buckley) has also repeatedly made serious, unsubstantiated accusations of criminal conduct against Defendants and defense counsel. Plaintiff appears to be under the misguided belief that he can make such allegations with impunity.” – Judge James Hartmann
Buckley refused to submit to the jurisdiction of James Hartmann’s “sham” Court. On July 22, 2010, James Hartmann dismissed Buckley’s case with prejudice, and awarded in excess of $20,000.00 in attorneys’ fees to the defendants. In his order, Hartmann would state:
“He (Buckley) has also repeatedly made serious, unsubstantiated accusations of criminal conduct against Defendants and defense counsel. Plaintiff appears to be under the misguided belief that he can make such allegations with impunity.
In March 2011, through a CORA demand to Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment Director Ellen Golombek, Buckley had obtained irrefutable evidence his employers had engaged in criminal activity to deprive him of the right to seek an award of wages due on termination of employment under the Colorado Wage Act.
On April 4, 2011, James Francis Hartmann, in his personal capacity, received a multi-page document from Longmont, CO resident Craig Buckley, according to Boulder County District Court records. The multi-page document contained irrefutable proof Buckley’s former employers, Dream Stone, Inc., and specifically Dream Stone secretary/treasurer Ida Murphy, and attorney Daniel T. Goodwin, had worked simultaneous frauds on the Weld County District Court and the DOL in the wage claim lawsuit Buckley had filed two years prior.
The document was simultaneously provided to the Weld County District Attorney, the Boulder County District Attorney and the Colorado Attorney General. Attached to James Hartmann’s copy of the multi-page evidentiary document was a Post-It Note, demanding the fraudulently obtained liens be removed from Buckley’s home.
Judge James Hartmann, in criminal conspiracy with Congressman (then Weld County DA) Ken Buck, Weld County District Attorney’s Office Chief Investigator Keith Olson, and Weld County DA (then, Chief Deputy DA) Michael Rourke, and the Colorado Attorney General, immediately set out to conceal that multi-page document. Forgery, by falsely altering the document, was their means of making that happen.
“The real kicker,” Buckley said, “Is that even after Hartmann dismissed my case July 22, 2010, this psycho Ida Murphy is STILL pleading (August 5, 2010) before the Division of Labor that my accrued wage claim is before the Court, and these degenerates Hartmann, Stan Garnett, and Ken Buck STILL victimized ME! This bullshit should have STOPPED in 2011!”
Two years after receiving the document, Judge James Hartmann would assign Buckley’s civil case to a subordinate Judge Daniel Maus. Maus was instructed by James Hartmann to initiate a July 2013 raid on Buckley’s home for civil contempt. Buckley had refused to give the deed to his home, and his tax records to his former employers.
Ten days later (Fmr.) Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett would issue yet another arrest warrant for Craig Buckley, this time jailing him for an alleged, “credible threat” purported to have been made against James Hartmann during the illegal civil contempt arrest.
Buckley whom had sued his former employers for accrued wages due on termination of employment had been stripped of all evidence and the right to prosecute his case mere hours before he was commanded to appear for deposition. Judge James Hartmann had violated Buckley’s rights under C.R.S. 8-4-101 et seq., and specifically C.R.S. 8-4-110(2), fraudulently claiming that Buckley’s case was before the Colorado Division of Labor, and therefore the Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. Evidence obtained from the record of the Court, and the Colorado Division of Labor prove this was not true. Hartmann just simply had total disregard for the rights of the pro-se plaintiff.
Buckley would proceed to trial on the trumped-up “retaliation Against a Judge” charge. The first indication that Hartmann had fraudulently altered the multi-page document sent to him by Buckley in April, 2011 was presented in an October 1, 2013 investigative report prepared by Boulder County District Attorney’s Investigator Maggie Green.
Conclusive proof that Hartmann had fraudulently altered the document sent to him by Buckley in April, 2011 would also be heard, in Hartmann’s own sworn perjured testimony, on the date of Buckley’s trial: April 21, 2014.
Boulder DA Chief Prosecutor Catrina Weigel:
Q So it wasn’t until the letter, then, that kind of
your opinions about that changed?
A That’s when my — when I became more alarmed.
That’s when I became alarmed, I should say.
THE COURT: Sir, I have two jury questions, jury
question one and two. I’m going to reverse the order of one
and two so it make more sense. I’ll first read jury
question No. 2. Please read Exhibit 7, the handwritten
MS. WEIGEL: May I approach?
THE COURT: Yes.
A Exhibit 7 reads: “Hartmann, you need to fix
this” — words “fix this” are underlined — “and get the
lien off my house right now! Buckley, 09CV991.” And then
it has the date stamps that were put on there when it was
So, the 3 inch Post-it Note has a date stamp on it from the Court, but where is the rest of the document, which should have been date stamped?
MS. WEIGEL: May I approach the witness?
THE COURT: You may.
Q (By Ms. Weigel) I want to hand you People’s 1
through 8 and have you take a look at those for me.
A Yes, ma’am. Yes.
Q Okay, so let’s kind of — generally, are all of
the items that I handed you, are those documents contained
in the court file for the civil lawsuit we have been talking
about, case number 2009CV991?
A Yes, they are.
Q Is what I handed you true and accurate copies of
those documents in that file?
A They appear to be.
Where is the true and accurate document actually sent to James Hartmann in April, 4 2011?
Cross examination by defense attorney Michael Root:
Q You showed us a copy of a note that was similar to
A The note that I have in the file?
Q And if I recall correctly, the note that you
showed us didn’t have that bottom part on it about the lien
on the house. Maybe my memory is just faulty.
A No. This is accurate. Would you like to see the
Accurate? NO. Altered, read: FORGED.
Buckley’s defense attorney Michael Root, in fear for his own career, failed to impeach the perjured testimony.
While on May 7, 2010 Daniel T. Goodwin had filed this motion with the Court, using inapplicable Workers’ Compensation law to fraudulently assert the Court did not have jurisdiction over Buckley’s wage claim, Dream Stone, Inc. secretary/treasurer Ida Murphy had simultaneously initiated a week-long barrage of emails directed at he Colorado Division of Labor, swearing that Buckley’s wage claim was before the Court, and the DOL therefore had no jurisdiction: this is that evidence. sent to corrupt Judge James Hartmann in April, 2011, which mysteriously disappeared, all except the attached Post-It Note demanding that the fraudulently obtained liens be removed from Buckley’s home.
“Judge” James Hartman was under very specific obligations to report this serious criminal conduct: he chose, however, to alter the document for his own nefarious purposes. Hartmann was now an Accessory After the Fact to Class 5 Felony Forgery, and F4 Attempt to Influence a Public Servant, and had himself committed Forgery to conceal his involvement in crime. He was BOUND by Judicial Canon and Colo. R. Civ. P. 251.4 to report the crime. He was BOUND to uphold the law. He did not.
“It would have been absurd to stick a 3 inch Post-It Note, with its monopolymer adhesive strip directly into a #10 business envelope, and mail it to Hartmann. That’s why the jury could never know the true nature of the correspondence: they could never know it was a Post-It Note merely attached to the evidentiary document sent to Hartmann. What Hartmann had known for over two years, and actively acted as Accessory After the Fact to, HAD to be concealed”, Buckley said.
The Hartmann Conspiracy’s legal analyst observed that what Hartmann did with the evidence package sent to him in April, 2011, stripping the document down to nothing more than the attached Post-It note, would have constituted nothing more than evidence tampering, for which the three year statute of limitations had run. Hartmann, however had it date stamped, and entered it into the record of the Court attempting to pass the altered document off as a “true and accurate” representation of what was sent to him by Buckley in April, 2011. That elevates he crime to Forgery, specifically C.R.S. 18-5-102(1)(d), for which there is no statute of limitations.
The crime of Forgery, C.R.S. 18-5-102, is a Class 5 felony and is therefore punishable by imprisonment in the Colorado Department of Corrections from between one year to 18 months, and a fine of $1,000 to $100,000. If the Judge finds “exceptional circumstances” at sentencing, the Court can increase that prison sentence to three years. Possession of forged financial and legal documents and public records is a class 6 felony, punishable by one year to 18 months in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $100,000.
There is no statute of limitations for felony forgery charges in Colorado.