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.
The Colorado Secretary of State had suspended Maes in 2004 from soliciting donations for any charity in Colorado because he was not registered with the state’s charities program. Following his suspension, Maes continued to contact business owners to ask them to buy advertisements in the “Association for Police and Sheriffs Community Awareness Guide.” The Association for Police and Sheriffs, a California-based charity, had been suspended by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office in January 2009 and went out of business shortly thereafter. Investigators from the Secretary of State’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General learned that Maes continued to solicit for the Association for Police and Sheriffs until as recently as March 2010.
Under the settlement, Maes will be permanently prohibited from conducting any activities on behalf of the Association for Police and Sheriffs, from soliciting for charitable donations in Colorado, and from operating, forming, founding or establishing any charity in Colorado. Maes also will be subject to civil penalties and restitution if he violates the agreement.
Coloradans seeking more information about charities or charitable solicitors should visit www.checkthecharity.com, which links to useful information on charities operating in Colorado or soliciting contributions from Colorado consumers.