Here's the probable cause affidavit for the criminal charges against Chernushin. Three of the four victims named in the affidavit were intereviewed for the Independent
's cover story, "Betrayal of Trust," for which a link is available below.
spokesman for the La Plata Sheriff's Office, tells the Indy Chernushin's body was found at the Target Tree Campground
off U.S. Highway 160, 26 miles west of Durango, on Thursday morning. He had apparently shot himself in the head; a small handgun
was found next to him, he says.
"Found as well was a letter
pinned to him and his driver's license," Bender says, declining to release the letter.
An autopsy will be performed in Montrose, Bender says.
Near the body was found a green 1995 Range Rover
. According to one of Chernushin's former victims, he collected Range Rovers.
——————ORINGINAL POST 4:32 P.M. THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016———————-
, a disbarred attorney
facing six charges in connection with stealing money from former clients, reportedly killed himself Wednesday night, a source familiar with the criminal case says.
Chernushin, 64, was a longtime, well-known attorney in Colorado Springs who handled personal injury cases in traffic crashes and on-the-job injuries for clients.
He was featured in an Independent cover story, "Betrayal of trust,"
on Feb. 24, and again in this week's issue, "Laying down the law," in which the pending criminal charges were reported.
The charges included four counts of theft
and two counts of forgery
. Chernushin also was having troubles in bankruptcy court, with the recent filing against his wife, Andrea Chernushin
, by the bankruptcy trustee, who alleged he converted assets to her that should be made available for his creditors.
La Plata County Sheriff's Office
in Durango is reportedly handling the case.
A spokesperson for the Crested Butte Police Department
said a missing persons report was filed Wednesday on Chernushin. He was not located within Gunnison County
, the spokesperson said.
Chernushin owns a condominium in Crested Butte.