Charles Richard King

One of the men charged in connection with an alleged Longmont crack sealing scheme had his trial pushed back to April.

Charles Richard King, 54, pleaded not guilty to one count of theft between $20,000 and $100,000 in July and was originally set for trial in December.

But earlier this month Boulder County halted all jury trials until at least Jan. 19 due to rising coronavirus numbers across the state.

King is now set for a four-day trial starting April 19 and a pre-trial readiness conference on April 7, according to court records.

King will remain out of custody on a $5,000 bond.

According to an affidavit, Longmont signed a $300,000 contract with Precise Striping LLC out of Frederick to clean and seal road cracks. But according to police, Precise Striping did not fill the cracks and instead only put a thin rubber seal over the crack and then sold the leftover sealing material to another company, K3 Industries out of Longmont. K3 Industries is owned by King.

According to an affidavit, a former employee of K3 came forward to the city of Longmont and then police in August, claiming Precise Striping would save up box tops from other jobs and turn those over to Longmont in order to hide the discrepancy.

Precise Striping would then load the unused material onto a pallet and sell it to K3 at a slight discount for cash, according to the affidavit. A former employee of Precise Striping said the company has possibly done the same thing in Denver and in other cities, according to the affidavit.

A Longmont maintenance employee inspected some of the work and told police it did appear Precise Striping had not cleaned and completely filled the cracks and had only put a seal over them.

Police served a warrant at K3 and seized pallets of sealing material for which King said he did not have receipts, and inventory numbers indicated the material seized matched inventory for what was ordered by Precise Striping for its Longmont jobs.

According to the affidavit, King admitted to buying discounted product from Precise for cash, but said K3 did not steal anything.

According to the affidavit, police believe co-defendant Steven Johnson was the person at Precise Striping behind the scam and that the owner of Precise Striping did not know about the scam or see any of the money gained in the scheme.

Johnson is set for an arraignment on Dec. 7.