News & Press Releases 2009

Attorney General releases statement concerning the Justice Department’s new medical marijuana policy

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers released the following statement on the U.S. Justice Department’s new policy on the investigation and prosecution of medical marijuana operations:

Attorney General announces conviction in Denver tax evasion, identity theft, theft and forgery case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Denver County jury has convicted Kelly Lyn Deal (DOB: 8/1/1970) on 14 counts related to her scheme to deprive the state of payroll and sales taxes between 2004 and 2007.

Attorney General unveils first annual report on debt settlement, credit counseling business practices

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has released his office’s first annual report on debt management activity, which details the success rates, failure rates and fees of Colorado’s debt settlement and credit counseling businesses between 2006 and 2008. The data, collected from 42 Colorado debt settlement and credit counseling companies, reveals that less than 10 percent of consumers contracting with these companies since 2006 completed their agreements by either paying off or settling all of their debts.

Attorney General announces 16-year sentences for two men at the center of charitable fraud operation

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Broomfield County District Court judge has sentenced Danny Troy Kleiman (DOB: 2/17/1964) and David Dale Werkmeister (DOB: 9/14/1964) each to 16 years in prison in connection with a scheme to solicit thousands of dollars in charitable donations for nonexistent charities. Both men also were ordered to pay $95,680.03 in restitution to their victims.

Attorney General announces launch of online DNA training program for Colorado peace officers

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board has launched an online program aimed at training police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other peace officers throughout the state on the best practices for the collection and retention of DNA and other biological evidence. 

The training program, mandated by 2008’s House Bill 1397, will be accessible to certified peace officers online and will cover proper techniques on the collection and retention of DNA and other biological evidence. 

Attorney General comments on Supreme Court’s denial of cert in Colorado Charter School Act review

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said today that he was pleased to see the Colorado Supreme Court has declined to review a recent Colorado Court of Appeals decision that found the Colorado Charter School Act constitutional. 

Attorney General announces 14-year sentence for defendant in 10-county identity-theft, check fraud scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Summit County District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle has sentenced Timothy Kuskowski (DOB: 7/20/1963), who ran a 10-county check fraud and identity theft operation throughout Colorado, to 14 years in prison. The judge also ordered Kuskowski to pay $25,611.31 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.

Attorney General announces Colorado’s receipt of $1.2 million in federal funds to start a DNA-based exoneration program

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the state of Colorado has received nearly $1.2 million in federal grant funds to start a program that will allow some people previously convicted of felonies to apply to have DNA testing performed in their case.

“DNA is one of law enforcement’s most effective tools for convicting the guilty and exonerating the innocent,” Suthers said. “These grant funds will allow us to use DNA to ensure that no Coloradan has been wrongly convicted.”

Attorney General unveils new, improved Web site

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has unveiled a beta version of its new Web site at www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov.

“This new Web site will better inform the people of Colorado about what we do at the Office of the Attorney General,” Suthers said. “This Web site is a vast improvement over the old site, allowing users access to more information. We look forward to using our new Web site to better serve and inform our constituents, the people of Colorado.”

Attorney General Praises President’s Nomination of John Kammerzell as Colorado’s Next U.S. Marshal

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers praised President Barack Obama’s nomination of John Kammerzell, the director of Colorado’s Peace Officer Standards and Training program, as Colorado’s next U.S. Marshal.

“John’s more than three decades of experience in law enforcement make him an ideal candidate to be Colorado’s next U.S. Marshal,” Suthers said. “John has done an excellent job developing training programs and protocols for the Peace Officers Standards and Training unit within the Attorney General’s Office. No one knows law enforcement better than John.

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