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A former Colorado Department of Transportation employee has been charged with stealing more than $770,000 from CDOT between 2011 and 2020.
Aaron Victor Ceja, 48, who was a project manager with the state transportation department, has been charged with two counts of theft, and one count of money laundering and embezzlement of public property, the Denver District Attorney Office said in a news release.
Ceja allegedly made “unauthorized purchases of items including gift cards, camping gear and video equipment using his state procurement card known as a ‘P-Card,’” the release said.
Prosecutors allege that Ceja submitted bogus invoices to CDOT through a company set up in a family member’s name, All Around Technologies (AAT), which became an authorized CDOT vendor, according to the release. Investigators determined that AAT was in fact operated and controlled by Ceja.
In August of 2020, CDOT requested that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation look into the allegations against Ceja. He was arrested on Tuesday. The crimes allegedly occurred in Denver, the case is being prosecuted by the Denver District Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.
Ceja’s next scheduled court appearance is pending.