Second Judical District
201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202
December 14, 2017 Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025
MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT OF CANCER VICTIM DONATIONS PLEADS GUILTY, PAYS BACK FUNDS
A man accused of soliciting money to help a woman dying of cancer and her family but who instead used the money for personal purposes has pleaded guilty to theft and has re-paid the funds taken.
Scott Kesterson (dob: 01-11-1965) was charged in August with one count of theft (F5) and one count of computer crime (F4) and arrested by U.S. Marshals in Billings, Montana on an at-large warrant issued for his arrest in connection with the charges. He pleaded guilty today in Denver District Court to the count of theft (F5). As part of the plea, he received a two-year deferred sentence and ordered to pay up-front restitution of $15,656 and extradition costs of $3,831. Kesterson paid those amounts today.
Between October 2013 and February 2014 Kesterson started a donation fund and solicited contributions for a Denver attorney, Kelly de la Torre, who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in late November 2013. Kesterson and Mrs. de la Torre were business associates and friends. Rather than give the approximately $12,000 in donations to Mrs. de la Torre’s family, as was understood when the fund was established, Kesterson used the money for his own purposes.