Attorney General announces 53-year sentence for Grand Junction man involved in auto-salvage scam

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Mesa County judge has sentenced Camden P. Fortney III (DOB: 5/27/1942) to 53 years in prison for his involvement in a scheme to sell salvage vehicles to unsuspecting consumers. The judge also ordered Fortney to pay $584,000 in restitution to his victims.

The Statewide Grand Jury indicted Fortney and his two codefendants, Mary Cross (DOB: 9/30/1960) and Terry R. Robinson (DOB: 11/16/1960) in May 2009 on 40-counts stemming from their involvement in a scheme to sell salvage vehicles with clean titles. According to indictment, Fortney, the owner of Camden Motors in Grand Junction had purchased vehicles deemed a “total loss” by Colorado Casualty Insurance Company, between 2005 and 2008, and resold the salvage vehicles without informing customers. The vehicles Fortney sold should have had salvage-branded titles but instead were sold with “clean” titles.

A Mesa County jury convicted Fortney in April on 21 felony counts. Fortney’s two codefendants have already been sentenced. Robinson pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery, a second-degree misdemeanor, and was sentenced to one year on probation. He also was ordered to pay $3,200 in restitution. Cross pleaded guilty to commercial bribery, a class-six felony, and was sentenced to a four-year deferred prison sentence. She also was ordered to pay $12,300 in restitution.

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