Attorney General Suthers Announces Indictment In Price-Swapping Scheme

DENVER) – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced that Robert P. Herrle II (DOB 02/28/1968) of Englewood has been indicted by a statewide grand jury for his role in a price-tag swapping scheme involving high-end electronics.

Herrle was indicted on 42 counts, including theft, forgery, and computer crimes. The indictment alleges that between May 1, 2006, and April 30, 2007, Herrle allegedly defrauded local Sam’s Club and Best Buy stores out of more than $15,000 in Bose electronics.

According to the indictment, the defendant printed UPC bar codes for $165 Bose stereo systems off the Internet. He would then enter the stores and place the fraudulent labels over real barcodes for Bose systems costing between $1350 and $3000. On the occasions he was successful, the indictment claims Herrle would attempt to sell the pilfered equipment on eBay or Craig’s List.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General’s Office and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office sought the grand jury indictment against the defendant. The investigation was conducted by the Lone Tree Police Department, working in conjunction with other entities in Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Jefferson, El Paso, and Douglas counties.

Herrle will appear in Denver District Court on February 29 at 1:30. It should be noted, any criminal complaint is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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