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.

Kuskowski was indicted in April on 25 felony counts, including theft and forgery. Kuskowski pleaded guilty in July to theft of more than $20,000, a class-three felony; identity theft, a class-four felony; and, forgery, a class-five felony.

According to his indictment, Kuskowski used the names of innocent Coloradans on forged checks he cashed and tried to cash at businesses in Eagle, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Mesa, Montrose, Summit and Teller counties between December 2007 and June 2008. The checks were worth up to $747 and totaled more than $24,000 over the six-month time period.

“This case is a prime example of one of the more extensive identity theft and check fraud operations my office has prosecuted,” Suthers said. “Kuskowski’s long prison sentence is a testament to the work of the Avon Police Department and the work of prosecutors in the Office of the Attorney General.”

Investigators from the Avon Police Department linked Kuskowski to a string of fraudulent checks and the associated identity thefts using store surveillance footage, finger printing and other forensic techniques following Kuskowski’s arrest in Delta County in June 2008.

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