Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Steamboat Springs The special prosecutor investigating the expense fund of former 14th Judicial Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann will make a decision in November whether charges will be filed in the case.
Since May, 5th Judicial District Attorney Michael Goodbee's office has been investigating Feldmann's use of an expense fund he used as a prosecutor in Steamboat Springs.
"The majority of the investigation is complete," said Rob Wheeler, chief deputy district attorney, whom Goodbee has assigned to the case. "It should be complete by the end of this month."
Wheeler will not make a decision on whether to file charges until he has all the information from a computer hard drive, which was used by Feldmann in the Steamboat Springs office.
"It has taken some time to get the contents from the hard drive," he said. "We had to hire an expert."
Wheeler will also meet with Feldmann and his attorney, Michael O'Hara, before he makes a decision regarding charges. The meeting is set for the first week in November.
"The meeting will give us a chance to discuss the case and hear their side of it," Wheeler said of the upcoming meeting.
Because the investigation is not complete, Wheeler could not provide any details or discuss the nature of the investigation.
Feldmann is not commenting on the investigation and O'Hara could not be reached for comment.
According to court documents, Wheeler is examining Feldmann's expense fund between October 2000 and the time of his resignation.
Feldmann worked for 14th Judicial District Attorney Paul McLimans for about five years. Feldmann abruptly resigned May 14.
The expense fund was a point of contention for Feldmann and McLimans.
McLimans met with Feldmann May 10 to discuss the expense fund, and four days later Feldmann resigned from his post.
Upon Feldmann's resignation, McLimans requested Routt County Judge James Garrecht appoint Goodbee to investigate the matter.
Goodbee, whose district includes Summit and Eagle counties, has been working on the case since the end of May.
The investigation has been delayed because of the amount of murder cases Goodbee's office is handling.
"That has been a factor," Wheeler said of three murder cases.
Before fully concentrating on Feldmann's case, Wheeler handled two murder cases, he said.
McLimans has replaced Feldmann in the Steamboat Springs office with David Moffat. Feldmann is working for a Steamboat Springs law firm, Klauzer and Tremaine.