Attorney General Announces Grand Jury Indictment In Mesa County Auto-Salvage Rebuilder Business

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted Camden P. Fortney III (DOB: 5/27/1942), Mary Cross (DOB: 9/30/1960) and Terry R. Robinson (DOB: 11/16/1960) on suspicion of commercial bribery, conspiracy and theft.

According to the 40-count indictment, Fortney, the owner of Camden Motors in Grand Junction had purchased vehicles deemed a “total loss” by Colorado Casualty Insurance Company, between 2005 and 2008, and resold them without telling consumers they were salvage vehicles. The vehicles were supposed to have salvage-branded titles but instead “clean,” non-salvage titles were obtained. Fortney, according to the indictment, would give Robinson, an independent adjustor based in Grand Junction, and Cross, an adjustor for Colorado Casualty Insurance Company in Arapahoe County, cash or gift cards as a “finder’s fee” when they referred salvage vehicles and the titles to him.

Company officials determined that 52 vehicles were improperly sold to Fortney that should have had salvage titles. Colorado Casualty Insurance Corporation then paid out more than $500,000 to buy back the cars.

Attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General will prosecute Fortney, Cross and Robinson in Mesa County District Court.

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