The settlement closes Suthers' "lengthy investigation" of the Open Door Mission, 316 Jefferson St., and the Rev. Richard Thebo and son Darren Thebo. In addition to $14,000 in restitution to Denver Rescue Mission, Full Spirit Ministries (which operated as Open Door Mission) also was required to gift all assets to Denver Rescue Mission, which opened Fort Collins Rescue Mission at the former Open Door site on Friday.
Under the terms of the settlement, the Thebos are barred from operating, forming, founding or establishing any charity in Colorado. Both parties along with board members Andrew and Patsy Kaminski also are barred from serving as director, officer or trustee of any charity or soliciting on behalf of any charity. The Kaminskis are able to continue to run their prison ministry, the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship.
"This settlement ... prioritizes the true victims in this case; the homeless community," Suthers said in a news release Tuesday. "We have full faith in the Denver Rescue Mission's abilities to take over from here."
The lawsuit brought by the Office of the Attorney General alleged that the Thebos "misused the charity's assets and made false statements while soliciting donations." Full Spirit Ministries/Open Door Mission was suspected of soliciting donations under the guise of helping the homeless but using the donations to pay Richard Thebo's personal expenses, including improvements for his personal home. Thebo owned two homes in Fort Collins.
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