Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

November 6, 2023 Contact: Matt Jablow, 720-913-9025

Denver Attorney Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Stealing from Investor

DENVER – Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has announced that Steven Bachar, a disbarred attorney and the founder of Denver-based Empowerment Capital LLC, was sentenced today to three years in prison.  Judge Eric Johnson also ordered Bachar to pay $182,000 in restitution.  In September, Mr. Bachar pleaded guilty to one count of felony Theft.

In October 2017, an investor wired $75,000 to Empowerment Law LLC, a subsidiary of Empowerment Capital, after being offered a monetary interest in Empowerment’s profits. Two months later, Mr. Bachar approached the investor and offered an additional monetary interest in Empowerment Capital’s profits in exchange for an additional $50,000 investment. Mr. Bachar made several misrepresentations and omissions to secure the investment funds, and never invested or repaid the money, instead spending most of the investor’s $125,000 for personal use.

“I am pleased with Judge Johnson’s sentence, which should send a very clear message that those who violate the trust of their investors will be held accountable regardless of their station in life and perceived privilege.  Steven Bachar will now pay a serious price for defrauding and abusing the trust of an investor.  I want to thank the prosecutors and investigators in my office, as well as the Colorado Division of Securities, whose hard work has resulted in today’s sentence,” said DA McCann.

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