The founder of two “Sober living” houses in the Parker, Colorado, area isn’t giving up without a fight, despite complaints from neighbors. Meanwhile, former employees and investors are warning about his past behavior.
The founder of the company that operates the sober living homes, Christopher Bathum, is being pursued on allegations of fraud. Apparently, Bathum is a convicted felon, found guilty of Mail Fraud in 2002, and he also filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and has faced several other civil lawsuits.
“The problems were nobody was getting paid, checks were bouncing,” said Thomas Hedlund, a former clinical director fired by Bathum in California. “He was a criminal.”
Hedlund said he observed Bathum’s way of operating first hand, and said what’s happening in Colorado is common: Bathum secures large homes for unpermitted treatment centers and then fights long legal battles.