Denver attorney must pay nearly $4.5 million in lawsuits over mishandling of personal protective equipment funds during pandemic

A Denver attorney must pay two companies about $4.5 million after he was accused of mishandling nearly $2 million earmarked for personal protective equipment purchases during the coronavirus pandemic, according to court records.

Steven Bachar, who last year faced a pair of independent lawsuits over his handling of money set aside for masks and gowns, was ordered to pay about $3.79 million to The Future Health Company and $700,000 to Denver-based DaVita Inc. in two default civil judgments, records show.

Bachar had promised DaVita that he would provide 4,200 cases of N95 masks in exchange for $2.4 million in April 2020, but then never provided the masks and failed to return the company’s initial payment of $604,000, according to that lawsuit, filed in October.

The Future Health Company later made similar allegations, filing a complaint in December that said Bachar failed to pay them $1.2 million for 3 million medical gowns that Future Health sent to the state of Wisconsin.

Though The Future Health Company’s default judgment was entered in May, the company has yet to receive any money from Bachar, they said in a statement Tuesday.

DaVita did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday. Bachar declined to comment. Last year he denied wrongdoing in the cases.

Bachar previously worked with Sen.-elect John Hickenlooper, serving as counsel on Hickenlooper’s campaign for Denver mayor and on his transition team, according to a news release that detailed his career when he joined the Denver law firm Moye White in 2015. The firm said Bachar was a member of its business section before leaving in August 2017.

Bachar also served in the White House under President Bill Clinton and in the Treasury Department before he moved to Denver.

 

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