Suspect In 10-County Identity-Theft And Check Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty, Could Face Up To 24 Years In Prison

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Timothy Kuskowski, who was indicted in April on 25 counts of identity theft, forgery, theft and criminal impersonation, has pleaded guilty in Summit County.

Kuskowski, who pleaded guilty to theft, a class-three felony; identity theft, a class-four felony; and forgery, a class-five felony, could be sentenced anywhere from eight to 24 years in prison at his Oct. 5 sentencing hearing before Summit County District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle.

According to Kuskowski’s indictment, handed down in April, he 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 in value from $50 to $747.63 and totaled more than $24,000 during the six-month time period.

Investigators from the Avon Police Department, which assisted the Office of the Attorney General in obtaining the 25-count indictment, linked Kuskowski to the string of identity thefts using store surveillance footage and finger print examination and other forensic techniques and Kuskowski was arrested in Delta County in June 2008.


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