While John Giduck likes you to believe that he was training in Russia to become a Russian Special Forces operative, the reality is that he was sitting around eating donuts while running his Colorado based half way house nonprofit. I’m sure that the only shovel involved was..well…never mind. I’m going to keep this post professional because it tees up some fairly serious allegations in my next post.
The subtitle of this post could be, “Why John Giduck Had To Reinvent Himself From Non-Profit Executive To
Bleary Eyed and Barrel Bellied Steely Eyed and Barrel Chested Special Forces Dude in 2003″.
[Cue John Giduck’s favorite Barry
Manilow Sadler album here]
This post is to establish that the money that John Giduck’s CRC was making was Colorado tax payer money provided by the state of Colorado and Jefferson county. Let’s start in 2002. John Giduck had been running the Community Responsibility Center in Golden Colorado for a few years (all this time you really thought John Giduck was “training Spetsnaz” in Russia?)
There is a 2002 trail of almost $1,600,000 in public funds that can be traced from Colorado taxpayers to a John Giduck owned halfway house operating under the name of the Community Responsibility Center. That money was marked for the use of inmates and rent for the Golden, CO facility that housed these community corrections inmates.
Follow the money as they say….
Here are some of the approvals for these payments to CRC and their uses:
Feb 5, 2002 approval for two year contract with Community Responsibility Center to lease facility valued at $136, 564
Pay attention to this part because the two year lease starting in 2002 becomes important later.
Resolved that the Board of County Commissioners hereby exercises the fifth and final option to renew the Lease Agreement between Jefferson County and the Community Responsibility Center (“C.R.C.”) for 14,716 square feet of lease space located at 1651 Kendall, Lakewood, CO. The C.P.I. adjustment of 3% has increased the lease rate from $4.50 per square foot to $4.64 per square foot, for a total annual lease rate of $68,282.24, or a monthly lease rate of $5,690.19. The percentage of taxes and actual costs to be assumed by C.R.C. remains at 35.5%, which is unchanged from last year.
How do I know that it was a two year contract? The fourth option to extend John Giduck’s Community Responsibility Center was signed in the year 2000.
Oct 15, 2002 Amendment of Contract for a value not to exceed $720, 511 for July 1 through Sept 30 2002.
Resolved that the Board of County Commissioners approves and authorizes the Chairman to sign an amendment to the annual Community Responsibility Center community corrections Allocation Letter for the period July 1, 2002 through November 30, 2002 in an amount not to exceed $720,511.
This contract was for the care of the inmates but is for less than half a year so a reasonable person could assume that the 2002 total year value was actually at least $1,441,022. Actually slightly more but still in the ball park.
Nov 2002 Contract – Community Responsibility Center, Inc. for Inmate Intensive Supervision Services with a value of $18, 700
Contract – Community Responsibility Center, Inc. for Inmate Intensive Supervision Services ($18,700) – Justice Services (CA02-077)
So we can trace $1,596,286 in known tax payer funded contracts to the community corrections non-profit owned by John Giduck in 2002. Not a shabby revenue rate for a non-profit.
For some reason, there are no further tax payer funded payments reflected in 2003 that I can find.
That said, we also know the following facts from the John Giduck signed IRS Form 990 for the Community Responsibility Center covering the following year…2003.
– The 2003 IRS Form 990 indicates that the CRC had expenses of $715, 224 (which is “too close for coincidence” to the $720,511 tax payer money paid for 5 months of CRC operations in 2002. One can assume that CRC continued to operate for a 5 month window in 2003.
– The same 2003 IRS Form 990 indicates that the CRC only had approx. $18k in revenues with just over $17k of these revenues coming from accrued interest.
In short, the state of Colorado apparently provided no funds to the John Giduck owned Community Responsibility Center in 2003 despite the CRC apparently continuing to operate.
But why would the state of Colorado do that? I can only think think of two possible answers.
1) The state of Colorado paid 5 months of 2003 operating expenses in 2002. Even if there is no internet record of that resolution, his should be easily verifiable on the 2002 CRC IRS form 990 as now we know that the state was paying CRC approx. $720k for 5 months of operations.
2) The state of Colorado did actually pay for John Giduck’s operating expenses in 2003 and it is fraudulently or incorrectly reflected in the IRS Form 990 for whatever reason.
3) The state of Colorado did not pay the CRC for 5 months of operations but John Giduck’s CRC had to contractually complete some obligation by continuing to operate.
In the case of #3, there would have had to have been some abnormal cause because there was a two year lease contract in place as shown above. My question would be if the cause was that the John Giduck owned CRC non-profit tried to stiff an employee and later set about to bully and scare that same person into not pursuing a legal remedy. Below is a Jan 2004 appeals judgement against the John Giduck owned CRC.
After resigning from her employment, Hartman requested payment of wages and vacation time. CRC refused to pay. Hartman brought a Wage Act claim against CRC for $16,489.20 in unpaid wages and accrued vacation pay, the statutory penalty of fifty percent, and attorney fees.
CRC asserted various defenses, including misconduct, setoff, lack of consideration, lack of valid contract for the wages, and disloyalty. CRC also asserted counterclaims for conversion, civil theft, and breach of fiduciary duty, seeking $486,306 in damages, primarily based on Hartman’s alleged improper payment of excessive salary to herself and others.
After a five-day jury trial, the court entered judgment in Hartman’s favor for $16,135.86 in unpaid wages; $8,067.93 in penalties; and $3,202.49 in prejudgment interest, for a total judgment of $27,406.28. The trial court also entered judgment against CRC on its counterclaims. The judgment was affirmed on appeal. Hartman v. Cmty. Responsibility Ctr., Inc., 87 P.3d 202, 2003 WL 22509369 (Colo.App. No. 02CA1308, Nov. 6, 2003).
In my opinion, the bold text seems very similar to actions that John Giduck has threatened to take against members of the Special Operations community including a $200,000 threat for damages against a serving active duty Special Forces Master Sergeant awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in Afghanistan.
So, no matter what the reason, it appears that John Giduck lost his tax payer funded
gravy train non-profit. It is fairly obvious that the revenues were with from tax payer grants or interest accrued on previous grants – the importance of being able to trace the source of funds to Colorado taxpayers will become important in the next post.
John Giduck had to either go back to being a lawyer or reinvent himself in some form. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the tax payers got screwed again.