Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cathleen Van Buskirk: Boulder spinal surgeon indicted on charges of bankruptcy fraud, money laundering

A Boulder spinal surgeon was arrested this week after being indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations she hid more than $200,000 in personal assets in a bankruptcy scheme.

Cathleen Van Buskirk was indicted Dec. 4 on charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets, fraudulent transfer and concealment, and money laundering, according to court records. She was arrested Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors allege in the indictment that in 2014 and 2015, Van Buskirk "devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud her creditors through a bankruptcy proceeding."

They added, according to the indictment, that "it was part of the scheme that the defendant would, prior to filing bankruptcy, transfer certain assets to other persons and do so in a way that would both make it appear that the asset was no longer her property and conceal the existence of the asset from the bankruptcy trustee, bankruptcy court and her creditors."

Van Buskirk filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug. 25, 2014.

The assets she failed to report, according to the indictment, included $46,000, as well as 200 U.S. silver dollars, foreign currency, gold coins and one diamond ring. Van Buskirk also transferred around $170,000 to several companies that prosecutors said she controlled even though they were registered to her sister or an employee. The indictment said Van Buskirk fabricated invoices from those companies to hide her true relationship to them.

Van Buskirk — who runs Alpine Spine Center, P.C., at 4745 Arapahoe Ave., in Boulder — is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Denver for a hearing on Friday.

She could not be reached for comment Thursday.

If convicted, the two counts of money laundering could carry up to 20 years in prison, while the other charges could carry up to five years apiece.

Alpine Spine Center's website states that Van Buskirk is also affiliated with Boulder Community Health and Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Lafayette.

In a 2011 profile published by The Denver Post, Van Buskirk is described as living in Erie with a home that backed up the airport so she could fly her "gleaming Cirrus Turbo SR-22 single-engine airplane with advanced avionics."

In that story, Van Buskirk also discussed owning a Porsche Boxster, a Range Rover and a Vespa scooter that she kept in the hangar at her house, which she called "Enticement Alley."

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Aviator’s modern Erie home listed for $3.45M

The $3.45 million home features a hangar and pilot lounge. 

A home fit for the Wright Brothers hit the market in Erie.

Featuring a private hangar and pilot lounge, the home listed at $3.45 million makes it just as easy to fly away as it is to entertain. Listed on Aug. 27, the two-story modern home comes with direct taxi access to the 4,700-foot runway at the nearby Erie Municipal Airport.

The stats: With 5,831 square feet, the home has three bedrooms and five bathrooms, and rests on 3 acres. Built in 2008, the house resides in the Erie Air Park, a neighborhood of 127 homes with direct access by taxi to the Erie Municipal Airport.

Listing broker: Gwenivere Snyder with Keller Williams DTC.

The seller: Boulder spine surgeon Cathleen Van Buskirk. The aviation enthusiast purchased the land in 2006 for $285,000. According to The Denver Post, Van Buskirk designed the home after becoming a pilot.

The finer things: A custom, narrow pool, eight-person hot tub and fire pit dominate the outdoor space. Modern finishes, heated floors, a gym and electric shades for massive windows round out the interior amenities.

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Anonymous said...

She sucks as a pilot and surgeon. Probably does better surgery and flying in handcuffs.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that the ladies are catching up with the guys in regards to dirty dealings.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Dr. Van Buskirk was performing spinal surgeries on the fly...