Builder sued over Woodrun project at Snowmass |

Builder sued over Woodrun project at Snowmass

ASPEN ” An excavating company filed a lawsuit in Pitkin County District Court against Wodehouse Builders seeking more than $100,000 for construction work at a Snowmass Village project.

Dirt Bros. Excavating Inc. of Franktown claims Wodehouse owes $136,253.75 for work the excavating company performed at Woodrun Place. The complaint was electronically filed Sunday and released Monday.

Wodehouse is based in Basalt.

The construction work was “primarily in the form of excavation, backfill, compaction for retaining walls, finish grading and snow removal,” the lawsuit states. The work took place between January and August 2008.

The lawsuit names 24 defendants, including Richard Wodehouse (the owner of Wodehouse Builders), Woodrun Place Development Inc., Woodrun Place Condominium Association and Thomas Kiplingbaugh.

Kiplingbaugh, 54, was arrested in Newport Beach, Calif., last month on a warrant issued out of Pitkin County for allegedly bilking Wodehouse Builders out of nearly $1 million, authorities said.

He is accused of 28 felonies ranging from theft to unauthorized use of a financial device.

Kiplingbaugh was subsequently released after he posted $50,000 bail.

The warrant alleges Kiplingbaugh cheated Wodehouse Builders in Aspen out of $990,000 between September 2007 and March 2008. He was a manager for the builder at the time the alleged misdeeds took place.

Most of the allegations stem from activities in Aspen.

The warrant states Kiplingbaugh made a number of wire transfers to help purchase items, such as a residential unit on Sierra Vista Drive. The buyers of the home were listed as Tom and Karla Kipling.

Kiplingbaugh is also known as Tom Kipling.

He also allegedly made multiple wire transfers, for various amounts of money, from the builder’s bank account to accounts held at another financial institution. Kiplingbaugh is to appear April 6 in Pitkin County District Court in Aspen for an advisement hearing.

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