April 14, 2016
Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500
Owner of Timberline Lodge Assisted Living Arrested
Christopher Butler arrested for financial exploitation of elderly residents
Boulder County, Colo. - On Thursday, April 15, 2016, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office arrested 59 year old Christopher Allison Butler after an eight-month investigation into his actions surrounding residents of Timberline Lodge Assisted Living, located at 9198 Jotipa Drive in unincorporated Boulder County, just north of Longmont, CO. Christopher Butler is the owner and operator of the assisted living facility. Christopher Butler was charged, via arrest warrant, with 3 counts of theft from an at-risk adult, over $500, a class 3 felony; identity theft, a class 4 felony; theft from an at-risk adult, less than $500, a class 5 felony; one count of forgery, a class 5 felony; and 6 counts of fraud by check, a class 6 felony. Bail is set at $10,000.
The investigation began in August 2015, when one of the resident’s family members contacted Boulder County Adult Protective service, who subsequently contacted the Sheriff’s Office, with concerns surrounding her father’s finances. The 83-year-old victim lived at the Timberline Lodge Assisted Living and his daughter found Christopher Butler was a signer on his bank account. Through the investigation, detectives found the victim received income deposited directly into his checking account monthly. Christopher established himself as the victim’s representative payee. Checks were then written out of the victim’s account by Christopher Butler and deposited into Christopher’s personal account. Some of the money was used to pay the expenses of the facility. Christopher would also write checks out of his account and deposit money back into the victim's account. This process is known as “kiting”.
Through the investigation, detectives found over $475,000 paid by the victim to Christopher Butler between January 2009 and December 2015. Based on the contract for services, he should have paid approximately $273,000 during this time period.
With the assistance of the State of Colorado Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division, Boulder County Adult Protective Services, the Ombudsman, and the staff of Timberline Lodge Assisted Living all of the residents have been relocated to a safe place and family members have been contacted.
“Kiting” is a crime involving writing a check on account A with insufficient funds and depositing it in another account, account B, and then writing a check on account B and depositing it in account A to cover the first check written on account A. They take advantage of the time it takes for the checks to clear the bank, making it appear there are sufficient funds in each account.
The Sheriff’s Office is concerned there may be additional victims of financial crimes at the hand of Christopher Butler. If you had a family member at the Timberline Lodge Assisted Living facility and have concerns about their financial affairs, please contact the Boulder County Sheriff's Office at 303-441-4444.
A photograph will be available tomorrow.