The former owner of a Boulder liquor store accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from the store after he stepped down as owner is set for trial after pleading not guilty on Friday.
Jeremy Wayne Barnes, 48, is scheduled for a five-day trial starting April 13 on one count of theft between $100,000 and $1 million, a Class 3 felony.
Barnes is free on $10,000 bond.
According to an affidavit, in 2016 Barnes bought Red’s Liquor, 4481 Broadway, along with August Zimmerman. But in March 2017, Barnes approached Zimmerman’s mother, Catherine, about buying the store from him since he could not get a liquor license because of a past felony conviction.
Catherine Zimmerman agreed to buy the store from Barnes, who remained as an employee. Barnes fired the store’s accountant and said he would handle bill paying while they looked for a replacement.
Zimmerman told police that in May 2017, she began noticing bounced checks and insufficient funds, and Barnes initially blamed the lack of funds on other employees stealing.
But Zimmerman hired a forensic accountant who found missing credit card deposits that should have been deposited in the liquor store’s bank accounts were being deposited in Barnes’ account.
According to the affidavit, a total of $139,234.63 in missing credit card deposits were sent to Barnes’ account instead of the liquor store’s.
Barnes denied any wrongdoing, but was fired from the store.