News & Press Releases 2010

Attorney General lauds pragmatic criminal justice reforms during the Colorado General Assembly’s 2010 session

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers commented today that his office was pleased with a series of practical reforms at the Legislature this year, with three of the Office of the Attorney General’s four bills passing to the governor’s desk. The Office of the Attorney General’s successful bills dealt with penalties for illegal groundwater diversions, sex crimes at juvenile detention facilities and money laundering.

Attorney General announces $2.5 million judgment against Colorado Springs immigration-services business

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an El Paso County District Court has issued orders barring a Colorado Springs business, the Immigration Center, and its owners and operators, Charles Doucette, Deborah Stilson and Alfred Boyce, from defrauding consumers in search of assistance in obtaining or completing federal immigration forms.

Attorney General disappointed in lawsuit by Kansas against Nebraska

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers expressed his disappointment today that Kansas has resorted to litigation in the United States Supreme Court against Nebraska in their ongoing dispute over the Republican River. Although Kansas did not make any claims directly against Colorado, Colorado was named as a party as all three states are part of the Republican River Compact.

Attorney General announces consumer-protection lawsuit against Colorado loan modification company

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against American Mortgage Consultants, its owner, Oliver Paul Maldonado (DOB: 12/15/1972), and its principal employee, Santiago Fabian Pineda (DOB: 6/24/1978), on suspicion that they defrauded consumers seeking loan modifications and foreclosure relief.

Attorney General announces 32-year prison sentence for northern Colorado man suspected of running a multistate Ponzi scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Weld County District Court judge has sentenced Jason T. Brooks (DOB: 5/24/1979) to 32 years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $5 million in restitution for his role in a multistate Ponzi scheme.

Attorney General hosts western attorneys general, legal scholars for water conference

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he will host western attorneys general and distinguished legal experts from across the country this week to discuss major issues in water law. The water conference, scheduled for Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30, will be held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Attorney General announces judgment against defunct martial arts business, its owner in consumer protection case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Denver District Court judge has ordered a defunct Aurora-based business, Ultimate Martial Arts, and its owner, Patrick Chandler, to pay a total of $69,500 in civil penalties to the state for engaging in deceptive trade practices and violating the state’s consumer protection statutes.

Attorney General announces guilty verdicts against Grand Junction man involved in auto-salvage scam

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Mesa County jury has convicted Camden P. Fortney III (DOB: 5/27/1942) on 21 felony counts for his involvement in a scheme to sell salvage vehicles to unsuspecting consumers. Fortney is scheduled to be sentenced on June 22, 2010 at 8 a.m. He is being held without bond pending sentencing.

Attorney General announces settlement with Denver man who violated Colorado’s charitable solicitation laws

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the state has reached a settlement with Gary Maes (DOB: 9/13/1959), a suspended paid charitable solicitor who was actively soliciting donations for the Association for Police and Sheriffs, a suspended charity.

Attorney General urges swift confirmation of U.S. Attorney nominee

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers congratulated Denver attorney John F. Walsh on being nominated to be Colorado’s next U.S. Attorney and urged the U.S. Senate to move swiftly to confirm him.  

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