DENVER (CBS4) – A special prosecutor has charged Elmer “Butch” Hicks, the former treasurer for the Adams County Democratic Party, with four felony counts and three misdemeanors for allegedly embezzling party funds to pay his personal expenses.

“It was accidental, it’s not something I intentionally did,” Hicks said in March when a CBS4 investigation first revealed he was under investigation for allegedly pilfering donations to the Democrats and using them to make car payments and monthly cell phone payments.

Court records show Hicks is now being charged with three felony theft counts for allegedly stealing between $1,000 and $20,000 between March 8, 2007 and April 29, 2009. He is also being hit with a felony count for computer crime and three misdemeanor theft charges.

Hicks served as treasurer for the Adams County Democratic Party for about 10 years. He was also treasurer of the Colorado Democratic Party but resigned in March at about the time CBS4 revealed he was under criminal investigation.

Adams County Democratic Party administrators told CBS4 an audit of their books showed unusual payouts after Hicks was treasurer.

Hicks is a former Westminster City Councilman and Regional Transportation District bus driver. He is due back in court Sept 17.

— Written by Brian Maass

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