DENVER (CBS4)– A Denver Grand Jury has indicted a man accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from at least two victims who thought they were just loaning money.
Jon Urbana has been charged by indictment with seven counts of forgery, two counts of theft and one count of fraud by check.
The charges allege that Urbana convinced at least two victims to loan money to Urbana’s laser hair removal company, Light Away, under the guise of a short-term business loan. Urbana gave the lenders phony documents in which Urbana claimed he held a substantial ownership interest in Van Schaack Holdings and VS Investors and could use that ownership interest as collateral to secure repayment of the loans.
Urbana is the grandson of Henry Van Schaack and it is alleged that he forged Van Schaack’s and Van Schaack’s daughter, Leonora “Lea” Van Schaack’s names to legal documents in order to perpetrate the fraud.
Urbana has been released from custody on a $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Denver District Court on Jan. 23 at 8:30 a.m. for his first appearance.
It is possible that there are additional victims so the investigation into the extent of Urbana’s activity is still ongoing.
Urbana’s father, Michael Urbana, was indicted by a Denver Grand Jury in June 2014 on nine counts of felony theft from an at-risk adult.
The charges in that indictment allege that Michael Urbana convinced his elderly victim to give him large sums of money to invest on the victim’s behalf. Michael Urbana gave the victim forged documents showing bogus investments made by Urbana on the victim’s behalf. Instead, Michael Urbana used the money for his own personal and business purposes.
Michael Urbana has been released from custody on $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Denver District Court on January 22 for a motions hearing.