By Ryan Ross
DENVER – A Colorado Springs private investigator who says he was stiffed four years ago by the current chair of the state’s largest association of private investigators says the chair is lying when he says he has since paid up.
Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC) Chair Chris Bray “has never paid these two outstanding invoices,” Tom Pitts wrote Feb. 3 in an email to a critic of plans to require private investigators to get licenses in Colorado. “If he had, it should be a simple matter for Mr. Bray to produce … proof that the invoices were (paid), (by producing) … a cancelled check or remittance. I suggest that no such proofs exists or is forthcoming.”
Pitts’ email is part of a tit-for-tat series of emails during the past few days between PPIAC leaders, Pitts and a Bob Oblock, a critic of the association’s push for legislation requiring private investigators to obtain licenses in Colorado. It occurs as legislators are about to focus on the legislation that its backers say is needed in part to promote ethical conduct by private investigators.
Pitts was reacting to a statement by Bray to the Private Investigator Blog that he did eventually pay two invoices totaling $140 that Pitts had cited in a complaint he’d filed in 2009 with a national association of process servers. Bray didn’t respond to the complaint, and the association revoked his membership.