Denver man sues Wilkinson estate |

Denver man sues Wilkinson estate

Charles Agar
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” The complex legacy of George “Wilk” Wilkinson took another twist this week.

Denver resident Marc Vorbeck, who once worked for Wilkinson, filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming damages caused by false statements made in the settlement of a 2002 lawsuit.

Wilkinson, a longtime Aspen resident, died of brain cancer at his home in California in July 2006 at the age of 63. He once had a long-running battle with Pitkin County over zoning before selling his Smuggler Mountain land holdings to his adversary in 2005.

Ray Wall, Wilkinson’s former attorney, and Wilkinson’s widow, Sharyn Wynters, are both executors of Wilkinson’s will and trustees of a fund made up of profits from the $15 million sale of Wilkinson’s Smuggler land to Aspen and the county.

Vorbeck’s suit named them alongside Wilkinson’s company, Fidelity Trust Building Inc., as defendants.

Neither Vorberg nor his attorney returned phone calls, but Wall, who lives in Oklahoma, said it was the first he’d heard of the suit.

“He’d had some litigation with Wilk years ago and we’d settled it,” Wall said of Vorberg. “He was just claiming that Wilk owed him some money for work he had done for one of Wilk’s companies.”

Wall guessed that one or both parties might not have complied with terms of the settlement and that’s why Vorbeck had filed the suit.

“I have no idea what that’s about,” Wall said.

In this recent suit, Vorbeck claims that Wilkinson, as well as Wynters, Wall and officials at Wilkinson’s company gave Vorbeck false information that he used as part of a business transaction.

In court papers, Vorbeck claims that his reliance on the false information caused him damages, but the amount or the nature of the claim was not specified in the new suit.

Wall said the new suit has nothing to do with any litigation Wilkinson had with the county, matters that Wall said were settled with the completion of the land sale in 2005.

Vorbeck’s suit asks for a jury trial and hopes to recover his losses (as determined by a judge) and fees.

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