Colorado Springs firefighter accused of stealing nearly $200k through construction company

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) — The owner of Fortified Methods, a Colorado Springs firefighter, faces theft charges totaling virtually $200,000 just after several people described incomplete assignments.

According to an arrest affidavit, Jared Whiteman and his wife Jamy Whiteman didn’t hold their customers’ funds in have confidence in for payment, about-invoiced their clients for operate, took down payments for initiatives, didn’t total any do the job, and did not refund the customer. The affidavit states those items are considered theft.

According to Fortified Solution’s web site, the business is a “entire-service construction firm in Colorado Springs.” The firm “helps both the residential and business consumers in fulfilling their home development and reworking needs wherever in Colorado.”

The web-site goes on to say the Whiteman’s “have additional than 20 years of merged practical experience in the development marketplace.”

Courtroom documents say the El Paso County Sheriff’s Business office obtained theft studies from six people. Investigators established the complete theft quantity from the families is $197,690.45.

Beneath is a breakdown of the approximated theft for every loved ones:

  1. $41,422.23
  2. $27,717.45
  3. $27,329.77
  4. $78,412.38
  5. $13,940.37
  6. $20,471.85

Furthermore, the affidavit reported 20 enterprise entities were being victims of Whiteman’s.

The affidavit states the volume of theft was calculated following reviewing customers’ contracts, payments, copies of invoices, and copies of interaction. As effectively as Fortified Solutions’ copies of contracts, invoices, communication, lender records, and subcontractors’ or suppliers’ copies of invoices and statements.

According to court docket documents, all of the workforce and clients interviewed reported Whiteman “routinely advertised himself as an genuine businessman since he is a firefighter utilized by the Colorado Springs Hearth Office and for the reason that he is a Christian.”

The affidavit goes on to say, “they trustworthy him with their salaries and down payments and ended up with practically nothing to exhibit for it. The two his staff and his prospects, no matter whether victims of theft or not, have noted currently being cheated and lied to by Mr. Whiteman.”

Whiteman turned himself in at the El Paso County Jail on June 28, 2022. He was booked into jail for Theft ($100k-$Million), a course 3 felony.

The Colorado Springs Fire Section verified Whiteman is however utilized by the CSFD and is at present on paid administrative leave. He is been with the section considering the fact that 2017.