Attorney General Announces Indictment In Ten-County Identity Theft And Check Fraud Scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the Statewide Grand Jury has issued a 25-count indictment against Timothy Kuskowski (DOB: 7/20/1963) who is suspected of stealing the identities of nearly two dozen Coloradans and using them to pass fake checks in 10 counties across Colorado.

“The severity and scope of this case underlines the problem of identity theft and check fraud across Colorado,” Suthers said. “Thanks to the efforts of the Avon Police Department and the work of prosecutors in the Office of the Attorney General, we have shut down a major identity theft and check fraud operation.”

According to the indictment, Kuskowski used the names of innocent Coloradans on forged checks he cashed and attempted to cash at various retail businesses in Eagle, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Mesa, Montrose, Summit and Teller counties between Dec. 30, 2007 and June 10, 2008. The checks ranged from $50 up to $747.63 and totaled more than $24,000 during the six-month time period.

Kuskowski forged checks, according to the indictment, to appear like they were either payroll checks, business checks or personal checks. The checks all used either the name of an innocent person or a fictitious name.

The Avon Police Department, which assisted the Office of the Attorney General in linking Kuskowski to the forged checks, used store surveillance footage, fingerprint comparison and forensic-document examination in its investigation. Kuskowski was arrested June 11, 2008 in Delta while trying to pass a fraudulent check at a City Market store.

Kuskowski, who is currently in the Colorado Department of Corrections, will be prosecuted in Summit County before Chief Judge Terry Ruckriegle.



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