Attorney General Announces Guilty Pleas In Charities Fraud Case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that two men, Danny Troy Kleiman (DOB: 2/17/1964) and David Dale Werkmeister (DOB: 9/14/1964), indicted on suspicion of committing multiple felonies in connection with a scheme to solicit thousands of dollars in charitable donations for nonexistent charities, have pleaded guilty.

Kleiman and Werkmeister each pleaded guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and to committing charities fraud, both felonies. Under their plea agreements, each could face up to 16 years in prison.

According to the indictment, between November 2005 and April 2007 Kleiman and Werkmeister fraudulently registered charity trade names and then systematically began to solicit donations. During their donation-campaign, roughly 6,500 Coloradans from six metro-area counties were contacted by phone and asked to donate money.

The pair obtained more than 1,600 contributions totaling more than $95,000 from 626 victims, according to the indictment. More than three quarters of the money allegedly came from elderly Coloradans. The indictment also states that Kleiman and Werkmeister used the names of more than 180 fake charities when they solicited money. Little or no money the pair raised was ever used for charitable purposes.

Kleiman and Werkmeister are both scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 27 in a Broomfield County District Court.

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