DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today released the Attorney General’s 2005 Annual Report, detailing the responsibilities and duties carried out by the Attorney General’s Office and outlining the office’s many achievements in 2005.
“During my first year in office, I was pleased to oversee accomplishments on many fronts, which would not have been possible without the outstanding work of our dedicated staff,” said Suthers.
The Attorney General’s 2005 Annual Report lists accomplishments of each section of the office, including: Appellate, Administration, Criminal Justice, Consumer Protection, Natural Resources, Civil Litigation and Employment Law, State Services and Business and Licensing.
The Annual Report also details the many initiatives Attorney General Suthers has championed in his first year in office, including his Safe Surfing Initiative and efforts to protect consumers and the elderly.
Highlights from the 2005 Annual Report include:
- Internet Safety – In May 2005, Attorney General Suthers launched the Attorney General’s Safe Surfing Initiative to help parents and students learn more about the dangers lurking online. As part of this initiative, he visited schools and Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state and worked with several members of the Legislature to introduce legislation to make it a crime to solicit a child for sex.
- Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud – Attorney General Suthers formed a Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud Task Force to examine and help prevent consumers from falling victim to this growing wave of consumer fraud. In December, the Task Force unveiled an educational brochure to be used by public trustees throughout the state and announced legislative recommendations.
- Consumer Protection – In conjunction with the Better Business Bureau, the Consumer Protection Division handled nearly 16,000 complaints and opened numerous investigations into deceptive trade practices.
- Colorado No-Call – The Attorney General’s Office issued nearly 300 cease-and-desist notices to companies who violated the No-Call Law. Since going into effect on July 1, 2002, over 2.3 million Coloradans have added their residential phone numbers to the Colorado No-Call List.
- Natural Resources – Last year, the Attorney General’s Office settled a twenty-two year-old case filed by Kansas over the Arkansas River and worked to bring closure to the State’s litigation over the final cleanup of Rocky Flats and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
- Criminal Justice Fraud Units – Restitution of about $5.5 million was ordered to be repaid as a result of the combined efforts of the Medicaid Fraud, Securities Fraud, Worker’s Compensation Fraud and Insurance Fraud units.
- Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board – In 2005, the P.O.S.T. Board trained and certified 1,061 peace officers and numerous reserve peace officers appointed by Colorado law enforcement agencies.
- Appellate Division – The Attorney General’s Office represented Colorado in 950 new criminal appellate cases in 2005.
- Business and Licensing – The Attorney General’s Office last year handled 845 cases on behalf of the State’s Licensing Boards.
- Reaching Out and Serving the Public – To better assist Coloradans, the Attorney General’s website was redesigned and launched last year. This new, user-friendly website provides several additional features to assist consumers including a Consumer Resource Guide, an A to Z directory of frequently asked questions.