Colorado Senator John Cooke conceals, aids, abets, and compounds wage theft, then sponsors Open Records Act to expose wage theft.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill that allows the public to know if an employer steals wages from his or her workers. The wage theft bill was sponsored in the Colorado Senate by former Weld County Sheriff and known felon, Colorado Senator John Cooke. Colorado Senator John Cooke, represents Colorado Senate District 13 which includes most of Weld County including Greeley, Evans, Milliken, LaSalle, Gilcrest, Platteville and Fort Lupton. The law allows citizens to find out if they’re doing business with, or considering a job with, an offender. More on this topic HERE.
During his term as Weld County Sheriff, Senator John Cooke actively engaged in the concealment, aiding, abetting, and compounding of wage theft by former employers of Longmont, CO homeowner, Craig Buckley.
Buckley had sued his former employers in the Weld County District Court, for wages due at the time of termination of employment as a CNC programmer for (now defunct) Dream Stone Marble & Granite. Mere hours before Buckley had been compelled to appear and produce (in violation of C.R.Civ.P. Discovery Rules) by subpoena Duces Tecum, he was stripped of all evidence, and the Due Process Right, under C.R.S. 8-4-110(2) of the Colorado wage Act to prosecute his wage claim, by Weld County District Court Chief Judge James F. Hartmann.
According to evidence obtained from (Fmr.) Colorado Division of Labor Director Ellen Golombek, and the record of the Court, the Defendants had sworn simultaneously before both the Weld County District Court, and the Colorado Division of Labor, that NEITHER had jurisdiction over Buckley’s wage claim, because the matter was before the OTHER. When this evidence of Class 4 Felony Attempt to Influence a Public Servant and Fraud Upon the Court committed by the former employers and their criminally complicit attorney, Daniel T. Goodwin came to light, it was immediately presented to Weld County Authorities, including Congressman (Fmr. Weld County DA) Ken Buck, and Weld County Sheriff (now Senator) John Cooke. The former employers would also later confess to the Class 4 Felony in sworn testimony before the Weld County Court; Judge John Briggs presiding.
Rather than charging the employers and their attorney with the Class 4 Felony, Weld County authorities initiated a years-long campaign of harassment, terrorism, and reputational and financial ruin on Craig Buckley. Evidence obtained from government sources indicate they did so to conceal Weld County District Court Chief Judge James Hartmann’s willful criminal involvement in fraud upon the Court, attempt to influence a public servant, subornation of perjury, and obstruction. Judge James Hartmann would later admit, during the course of an official Boulder County District Attorney’s Office investigation that Buckley had, in fact, sought an award of his accrued wages before the Weld County District Court.