The charges are unrelated to allegations leveled by Amazon in an ongoing lawsuit against Watson, who was the GOP nominee for state treasurer in 2018.
Brian Watson, who has been in a legal fight with Amazon since 2020, has also filed to divorce his second wife.
The CEO of Northstar Commercial Partners sued IPI Partners in 2020, accusing the firm of breach of contract.
“I never considered myself a rat,” he wrote on Dec. 2, 2019. But Amazon’s actions would later frustrate him.
The Denver-based real estate firm has also been dealing with an FBI investigation and a long-running lawsuit filed by Amazon.
“Perception of the fair administration of justice … is of the highest importance to the court,” wrote Liam O’Grady, whose wife had owned about $22,000 worth of Amazon stock.
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Judge Liam O’Grady, who is overseeing a lawsuit against the Denver real estate firm by Amazon, said his wife’s Amazon stock ownership didn’t disqualify him.
“It is concerning to have a disclosure like this on a case like this,” said an attorney for Northstar and its CEO Brian Watson.
Amazon recommended the receiver, who can authorize a monthly budget of $10,000 for Watson’s personal expenses. The tech giant has accused Northstar of bribing employees to win development deals.