Couple pleads not guilty in construction fraud case |

Couple pleads not guilty in construction fraud case

by Kathryn Corazzelli

BRECKENRIDGE – Two Kremmling builders accused in a $300,000 construction fraud case pleaded not guilty in District Court in Summit County on Monday. Curt and Jill Taufen, co-owners of Distinguished Builders in Kremmling, were arrested last July.

Both entered pleas of not guilty.

The Taufens were booked in July with charges of a theft series involving more than $20,000. The theft charges are a class 3 felony with a minimum penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment and up to $750,000 in fines. They were released after posting a $50,000 bond.

The victim in the case allegedly paid the Taufens nearly $300,000 from December 2009 to March 2010. No work was ever done on the property, and the money was allegedly spent on unrelated expenditures.

The Taufens’ next court appearance is scheduled for Feb.14. Curt and Jill Taufen will be tried separately within six months.

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