News & Press Releases 2007

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today issued a report on school and campus safety, compiled by a national task force of Attorneys General which he co-chairs. The report was compiled over a three-month period with the help of law enforcement and educational safety experts from across the country.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced that his office has reached out-of-court settlement agreements in a trio of charitable fraud cases. Settlements were struck with Colorado Children’s Assistance Center and its founder and director, David Michael St. John; Front Range Charitable Services and its president, Colleen Gardenour Holmes; Veterans for the Homeless, Inc. and its officers, Jay Wyss and Rhett Cline; and Hernando Hennings, who worked for two of the charities as a paid solicitor.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers has reached an out-of-court settlement agreement with Broomfield-based Uzed Enterprises and company president Steven Bonneau.  The company operated the website, soliciting and accepting consumers’ used CDs, DVDs, video games, and consumer electronics, such as cell phones, in exchange for an advertised payment. Uzed then resold the goods to media retailers for a profit.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) by incoming president Lawrence Wasden, the Attorney General of Idaho.

“It is important that Colorado has a seat at the table when national issues are addressed that impact our state,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “That’s why I welcome the opportunity to join the NAAG Executive Committee.”

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced that Timothy Allan Nolan (DOB 8/15/69) has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison for his role in a series of copper thefts. The sentence was handed down by Adams County District Court Chief Judge Harlan R. Bockman after Nolan pled guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act.

DENVER –  In response to a question posed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today released a formal opinion on whether children who are legal citizens of the United States can receive in-state tuition from state colleges and universities in Colorado, even if their parents are in the country illegally.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers announced today that his office has filed a twelve-count felony complaint against Reverend Acen L. Phillips (DOB 12/12/1951) in Arapahoe County District Court. The felony charges include seven counts of theft and five counts of forgery related to fraudulently obtaining life insurance proceeds from AIG Life Insurance Company. If convicted on all counts, Phillips could face a maximum prison term of 81 years and up to $5 million in fines.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers announced today that 11,575 Colorado consumers are eligible for $8.3 million in restitution from Ameriquest Mortgage Company – the nation’s largest sub-prime lender – and its affiliates as part of a $325 million national settlement of a predatory lending lawsuit against the company.

DENVER – The office of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today filed suit against a nationwide engine repair company and its local franchise located in Commerce City. The complaint alleges that Dallas, Texas-based American Engine Installation ( consistently charged in excess of the estimates it provided to consumers. All told, the Attorney General’s Office received more than 60 complaints about American Engine over the past four years.


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