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Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Elderly Broomfield Man

November 9, 2018

Carol Klimmer

Carol Klimmer, a woman accused of stealing money from an elderly client who came to her for help with his taxes, was sentenced to the maximum six years in prison Thursday.

Klimmer, 73, took $100,000 from an 81-year-old Broomfield man in 2014. She had claimed she would invest it in a one-year nontaxable account, but after he and his attorney tried to contact her multiple times over several years, he only received $6,000, according to a news release from the 17th Judicial District.

At the time, she was working as a self-employed bookkeeper and accountant, preparing tax returns as part of her business.

The victim said the theft “ruined” him and his wife, who had to take out a mortgage on their house “just to get by,” the release states. The couple had planned a “comfortable” retirement, but could no longer afford to maintain their home and had difficulty paying medical bills.

In May, Klimmer pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and was sentenced to six years in community corrections. She also was ordered to obtain employment and to pay back more than $150,000 in restitution.

Her community corrections sentence was terminated because she failed to meet several conditions, which included failing to pay restitution.

Broomfield District Court Judge Michael Goodbee sentenced Klimmer Thursday to six years in prison followed by five years of parole.

Klimmer tried to appeal the revocation, but was unsuccessful.

She initially was charged with two counts of felony theft, including one from an at-risk victim when she was sentenced to six years in community corrections.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios

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