News & Press Releases 2009

Attorney General Announces Actions Against Seven Loan-Modification Companies As Part Of Multistate Sweep

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the state has reached agreements with seven loan-modification firms that either failed to deliver results to Colorado consumers or engaged in deceptive advertising. The agreements will force these firms to either comply with Colorado law or not do business in the state.

Attorney General Announces Colorado Will Receive $100,000 In A Multistate Pharmaceutical Settlement

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Merck & Co. Inc, Schering-Plough Corporation and a joint venture of the two companies, MSP Singapore Company, LLC, have agreed to settle with 35 states, including Colorado, after it delayed the release of negative results from a clinical trial of its cholesterol lowering drug Vytorin.

Colorado will receive $100,000 of the $5.4 million the companies have agreed to pay as part of the settlement. The money will be used for reimbursing investigation costs and funding future investigations.

Attorney General Successfully Protects Colorado’s Regulatory Powers In GM Bankruptcy Case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a bankruptcy court in New York has formally ratified General Motors’ agreement to honor Colorado and other states’ laws governing the relationship between automotive dealerships and New GM, a newly formed entity created by the United States Treasury,

Attorney General, State Engineer Call Republican River Arbitration Results Promising, Hope To Avoid Water Litigation

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an arbitrator appointed to help resolve a fight over the Republican River has sided with Colorado on a number of key issues in the state’s longstanding dispute with Nebraska.

In a non-binding decision, Arbitrator Karl Dreher rejected the vast majority of claims Nebraska brought against Colorado and Kansas concerning how the states calculate compact compliance along the Republican River.

Attorney General Hails Guilty Verdicts For Mortgage Fraud Ringleader As A Significant Victory For Colorado

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an Adams County jury has convicted Uto Essien (DOB: 6/24/1964), the ringleader of a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud operation, on four felony charges all related to the use of shell corporations and false invoices to skim money off the top of nearly three-dozen real estate transactions.

Attorney General Announces The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Recovered A Record Amount From Its 2008-2009 Efforts

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has recovered a record amount of money from Medicaid fraud settlements and restitution during the fiscal year ending June 30 totaling more than
$5.3 million.

Attorney General Obtains Settlement Barring Englewood Locksmith Firm From Misleading Consumers

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today his office has reached a settlement with an Englewood locksmith company after an investigation revealed it had routinely misrepresented the costs of its services to consumers.

Under the settlement, Basad, Inc., and its owners Peleg Forman, Batia Forman and Michael Biton, will pay $100,000. The money will be used to reimburse consumers who complained of paying Basad, Inc., charges that were not disclosed to consumers when they called and requested locksmith services.

Attorney General Announces Indictment Against Brighton Man Suspected Of Defrauding Investors, Lending Company

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted James Shattuck (DOB: 12/14/1952) on theft, forgery and securities fraud charges after he allegedly obtained money from investors for what they thought was the construction of a car wash in Northglenn. Shattuck also is suspected of using money he obtained to develop a subdivision in Weld County to pay off personal debt.

Attorney General Announces $9.75 Million Settlement Resulting From Multistate Data-Security Investigation

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he has joined with 39 other attorneys general in reaching a $9.75 million settlement with TJX Companies, Inc., after an investigation showed the retail company’s data storage practices left the personal data on thousands of Coloradans at risk for theft or misuse

Attorney General Welcomes Mexican Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors For Extensive Training Exercises

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today he is pleased to host nearly two-dozen Mexican investigators and prosecutors for a week-long training exercise aimed at preparing them for their transition from conducting paper-based criminal trials to an adversarial system conducted in open court.

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