News & Press Releases 2009

Attorney General Announces Five-Year Probation Sentence for Defendant in Montrose Hazardous Waste Case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Montrose County District Court judge has sentenced Steven Casebolt (DOB: 2/8/1959) to a total of five years probation for his involvement in a Montrose-based company’s failure to properly store and dispose of hazardous wastes.

The judge also sentenced Casebolt, who pleaded guilty July 9, 2009 to three felony counts — illegal treatment of a hazardous waste, illegal storage of a hazardous waste and illegal storage of a hazardous waste — to 135 days in jail.

Attorney General Announces 10-Year Sentence For Man Convicted Of Stealing Money, Identities From His Clients

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Douglas County District Court judge has sentenced Terry Paul Dorman (DOB: 3/24/1946) to 10 years in prison — the maximum allowable sentence — for his role in defrauding Colorado consumers by stealing their money and funneling their tax returns into his business ventures.

Attorney General To Address Colorado’s Prosecutors In Keystone

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will deliver the keynote speech to the state’s prosecutors gathered at a conference the Colorado District Attorneys Council is hosting today in Keystone.

The attorney general’s remarks, scheduled to be delivered this morning, touch on a variety of topics, including prosecutors’ roles in ongoing sentencing reform efforts to how crime and punishment has and has not changed since Suthers first became a prosecutor more than three decades ago.

The attorney general’s actual remarks may vary from this advance copy.

Attorney General Announces 30-Year Prison Sentence For Leader Of Multimillion-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Ring

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an Adams County judge has sentenced Uto Essien (DOB: 6/24/1964), the ringleader of a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud operation, to 30 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Essien, a Nigerian national, will be deported upon completion of his sentence.

Attorney General Announces Lawsuit Against Roofing Company Suspected Of Defrauding Denver, Colorado Springs Homeowners

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office’s Consumer Protection Unit has filed a complaint against a Denver-based company, its corporate officers and other related entities on suspicion of violating the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and the Uniform Consumer Credit Code through an aggressive door-to-door roofing scheme. The operation, according to the complaint started operating in April 2007.

Attorney General Announces Colorado Will Receive $3.5 Million As Part Of Settlements Over Off-Label Marketing, Kickbacks

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Colorado will receive $3.5 million as part of two settlements with drug manufacturer Pfizer, including $2.8 million as part of a $1 billion Medicaid multistate settlement and $705,000 as part of a $33 million non-Medicaid multistate settlement.

Attorney General To Address Border Governors Conference, Discuss Mexico’s Transition To Adversarial Court System

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will address the governors from four U.S. and six Mexican states Sept. 3 as part of a conference aimed at resolving problems along the two countries’ mutual border. Suthers’ presentation, scheduled for the second day of the Border Governors Conference in Monterrey, Mexico, will focus on the efforts of western attorneys general to assist their Mexican peers as their states transition to an adversarial court system.

Attorney General Announces Seven-Year Prison Sentence For Larkspur Man Who Ran $1.3 Million Ponzi Scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph announced today that Douglas County District Court Judge Vincent White has sentenced Mark H. Polunci (DOB: 5/16/1957) to seven years in prison for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

Attorney General Announces Two Recent Guilty Pleas, Sentences In Medicaid-Fraud Cases

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office recently obtained guilty pleas and sentences in the Denver District Court in two separate Medicaid wheelchair-fraud cases.

Cortney Ileane Miller, 55, pleaded guilty Aug. 14, 2009 to forgery, a class-five felony. Theft and other felony charges in a twelve-count Criminal Complaint were dismissed. Denver District Court Judge Christina Habas sentenced Miller to five years probation, with conditions to include 100 hours of useful public service and restitution of more than $23,000.

Attorney General, Adams County DA, North Metro Task Force Announce Take-Down Of 41-Person Methamphetamine Ring

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, 17th Judicial District Attorney Don Quick and the North Metro Task Force announced today that they have dismantled a massive methamphetamine ring comprised of 41 suspects, including 19 suspected of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. The Statewide Grand Jury handed down the recently unsealed indictment last week.

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