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Planning board’s Maslanik faces bench warrant

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By Andrea Tritschler

Police put out a bench warrant for Brighton planning commissioner Chris Maslanik, after he failed to show up for a scheduled court date Thursday, July 6.

Maslanik is charged with one count of felony theft and one count of forgery for unpaid business contracts and using money from business transactions for personal use. He was arrested on Friday, March 3, and released on bond. During a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 23, Maslanik was granted a continuance in Adams County Court because he said he couldn’t find a lawyer. Maslanik also is a former city council member.

The charges stem from contracts Maslanik entered into in 2015, according to an arrest affidavit. Maslanik allegedly did not pay $218,367.89 that he owed to two contracting firms, according to the affidavit. In addition, Maslanik currently has outstanding payments of $41,724.39 to multiple contractors, according to the affidavit.

In fact, Maslanik frequently claimed to not receive payments from contractors at his company EGC Companies Inc., 992 S. Fourth Ave., Suite 100, in Brighton, even though he had received many of them, according to bank statements cited in the affidavit.

Maslanik did not return requests for comment. But in an email to the president of Bristlecone Construction in Littleton, one of the contractors in question, he denied that he had taken money, according to the affidavit.

Maslanik has run into legal trouble before as a city representative. In March 2010, while he was a city council member, he plowed snow in front of the doorways at the Chili’s Grill and Bar, 2211 Prairie Center Parkway, as retaliation for not receiving payments for plowing services he had performed. He admitted to making a mistake, and the $1,382 in damages, a felony criminal mischief charge, was eventually dropped due to his lack of criminal history.

At the same time, however, it appears that Maslanik and his company C.J. Construction were repeatedly sued for failing to pay subcontractors, suppliers, former employees and creditors.

His next court date is scheduled for 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11.