Michael J, McArdle – Now DEAD accessory to crime & former Director of the Colorado Division of Labor violated Colorado Wage Act rights, and threatened Longmont man in wage dispute.
Denver, CO – In criminal conspiracy with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and in retaliation for humiliating the Attorney General and the Colorado State Patrol one year earlier, Colorado Division of Labor Director Michael J. McArdle initiated a savage attack on Longmont, CO homeowner Craig Buckley in 2011.
Buckley had prevailed in a Federal Court lawsuit against the Colorado State Patrol one year prior to seeking the government’s help in a wage claim against his former employers, Dream Stone, Inc. Buckley had been violently assaulted, called, “low as any nigger”, and falsely arrested by Colorado State patrol Trooper Brad Keadle. Buckley was acquitted on all charges, sued, and won. The Colorado Attorney General was PISSED. Buckley’s civil attorney in the Federal claim stated, “You’d better pack your shit and get out of Colorado, because they’re going to be coming after you now”.
Buckley would soon discover that he was never to enjoy equal protection under the law again.
Craig Buckley stated, “It became evident early on that the Colorado Attorney General was involved in this wage claim, and why the AG would be involved in what was otherwise a simple wage claim, was readily apparent… they wanted revenge for my lawsuit”.
On November 10, 2008 422 days after his January 25,2010 $25,000.00 settlement against the Colorado State Patrol, Craig Buckley sought the help of the Colorado Division of Labor to obtain accrued wages due upon termination of employment from (now defunct) Dream Stone, Inc., a Longmont, CO based countertop fabrication company. Buckley had already filed a lawsuit in Weld County District Court, and the employers knew the accrued wage claim was part of that lawsuit.
Buckley’s filing with the DOL indicated he was merely seeking fines and possible incarceration of the employers before the DOL, and wages and penalties before the Court. According to Colorado House Rep. Jonathan Singer, prior to the 2014 revisions to the Wage Act, the DOL had no authority to award penalties, and little effect on the collection process. In a recorded interview with Rep. Singer, the author of the 2014 revisions, he stated, “Prior to the 2014 revisions, the DOL had no more authority than to write a ‘nasty letter’ to the employer, and that worked maybe 50% of the time”.
Craig Buckley stated, “It became evident early on that the Colorado Attorney General was involved in this wage claim, and why the AG would be involved in what was otherwise a simple wage claim was readily apparent… they wanted revenge for my lawsuit”.
At issue, were Buckley’s timecards. The employers, through their criminally complicit attorney, Daniel T. Goodwin, had fraudulently sworn that Buckley was unentitled to his accrued wages on termination of employment because he had not worked for the company for a full year.
Buckley repeatedly, and in ever increasingly more aggressive tones demanded the Division of Labor order the employers to produce his timecards. Colorado Division of Labor Compliance Officer Juanita Wright stated, “We don’t need the timecards to make our decision”. The Division of Labor FLATLY REFUSED to order the employers to produce the demanded evidence, and held this position, shown in a March 25, 2011 confidential interoffice communication from DOL Compliance Officer Saida Montoya to DOL Director Michael McArdle.
There were two serious problems with the compliance officers fraudulent allegations, all of which DOL Director Michael McArdle, now an accessory to crime, would conceal.
First, Compliance Officer Siada Montoya fraudulently asserted that Buckley was not entitled to his wages due on termination of employment, because, “he terminated employment without notice”. That is not the law, under any circumstances. Further, Buckley terminated employment due to the fault of the employer. In this May 12, 2009 Industrial Claims Appeals Office ruling, the Claims Appeal Panel determined Dream Stone, Inc. to be, “an abusive environment”.
Secondly, through their forged document, serving no purpose other than F4 Felony Attempt to Influence a Public Servant, the employers, through their criminally complicit attorney, Daniel T. Goodwin, fabricated two separate terms of employment. Buckley would continue to demand production of his timecards, which would have corroborated the copies of his 26 months of sequential, uninterrupted paycheck stubs, which Buckley had forwarded, and were known to have been in the possession of the DOL. Checks #15678 #15679 #15721, #15722 had irrefutably proven Buckley had worked for the employers 110.5 hours during the pay period(s) spanning the 5 days he is alleged to have, “quit”. A mathematical impossibility.
DOL Compliance Officers Saida Montoya, and Juanita Wright became increasingly more hostile with every rightful demand Buckley made.
Division of Labor Director Michael McArdle, who was now communicating directly with Buckley would reaffirm the DOL’s position: There was no way Buckley was going to get those timecards…EVER.
In this confidential interoffice correspondence dated March 24, 2011, obtained from (former) CDLE Director Ellen Golombek, Michael McArdle admits the Colorado Attorney General’s criminal complicity in the DOL’s act of fraud.
McArdle’s clear intent was to use Chief Deputy Attorney General John Lizza to further harass, intimidate, and deprive Buckley of Statutorily guaranteed rights.
Days later, Michael McArdle would personally send Buckley a threatening letter, stating that he had better never attempt to contact the Colorado Division of Labor again…OR ELSE.
§ 18-8-105. Accessory to Crime
A person is an accessory to crime if, with intent to hinder, delay, or prevent the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of another for the commission of a crime, he renders assistance to such person.
(d) By force, intimidation, or deception, obstruct anyone in the performance of any act which might aid in the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of such person; or
(e) Conceal, destroy, or alter any physical or testimonial evidence that might aid in the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of such person.
(5) Being an accessory to crime is a class 5 felony if the offender knows that the person being assisted has committed, or has been convicted of, or is charged by pending information, indictment, or complaint with a crime, or is suspected of or wanted for a crime, and if that crime is designated by this code as a felony other than a class 1 or class 2 felony; except that being an accessory to a class 6 felony is a class 6 felony.
McArdle is dead now, after what has been reported to be a long, painful illness. Karma’s a BITCH.