Contractor Ordered to Pay Thousands of Dollars in Restitution to Victims He Scammed
April 11, 2023
Brighton, CO — Today, District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the conviction, sentence, and restitution order related to the Theft case of Theodore Welker, Jr., 51.
In 2021, general contractor Theodore Welker, Jr., entered into contracts with three different clients to complete construction projects at their Adams County homes. Each victim paid a substantial portion of the project's cost to Welker upfront. However, Welker failed to complete any of the projects. Furthermore, the work he did complete was less than the amount each victim paid up front and was often substandard.
Welker refused to return any of the money to the victims and did not pay two subcontractors he used for some of the work at the homes. Welker was charged with multiple counts of Theft on May 21, 2022, following a District Attorney's Office investigation.
On December 5, 2022, Welker pleaded guilty in Adams County District Court to:
The defendant was subsequently sentenced to a four-year economic crimes probationary term. Following a hearing on restitution on March 31, 2023, the Court ordered Welker to pay the victims a total of $14,400 in restitution as a condition of probation.
"Financial crimes such as this are damaging and deeply personal to victims," said District Attorney Brian Mason. "Our Financial Crimes Unit is dedicated to fighting these offenses and making victims whole. A special thank you is owed to Denver 7 for initially airing a story on Mr. Welker that led to an investigation by our Financial Crimes Unit. It is my hope that the victims in this case will find some comfort from this resolution."
Senior Deputy District Attorney Danny Paulson and DA Investigator Mark Ruleof the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office Financial Crimes Unit led the prosecution of this case.
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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.