Attorney General announces 20-year sentence for ringleader of identity theft, auto-break-in ring

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Boulder County District Court judge has sentenced Ismael Lopez (DOB: 1/24/1972) to 20 years in prison for his role as the ringleader of an identity theft ring that broke into cars parked at trailheads and parks in Boulder, Broomfield and Jefferson counties.

According to his indictment, Lopez and three others broke into the vehicles, stole credit cards and then used the card to make fraudulent purchases at stores throughout the Metro Denver area. Lopez and the other suspects used the stolen cards to buy video games, gift cards, groceries and electronics between July 2008 and September 2008.

Lopez pleaded guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a class-two felony, on Oct. 28, 2009.

The Office of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit investigated Lopez and obtained the indictment from the Statewide Grand Jury with the assistance of the Broomfield Police Department and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The Office of the Attorney General and the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office jointly prosecuted Lopez’s case.

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