Attorney General announces 11-year prison sentence for man involved in check-fraud ring that preyed on Western Slope businesses

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Mesa County District Court judge has sentenced Salvador Ramirez (DOB: 12/15/1987) to 11 years and three months in the Colorado Department of Corrections for his role in a national check fraud ring.

According to the indictment, handed down in October 2009, the check fraud ring used the shell corporations Mount Rocky Logistics and Expo Banquet to pass fake checks written for less than $500 at businesses in Aspen, Carbondale, Delta, Durango, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Montrose, Parachute, Rifle and Olathe. In total, the ring is suspected of passing approximately $80,000 in fake checks at the Colorado businesses.

Ramirez, a recruiter, driver and check passer for the ring, pleaded guilty in February 2011 to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a class-two felony; theft, a class-four felony; and forgery, a class-five felony.

Ramirez’s codefendant Jorge Martinez Gomez (DOB: 10/31/1982) was sentenced in May 2010 to eight years in prison. Veronica Ruiz Ayala (DOB: 4/4/1976), also a codefendant, was sentenced in April 2010 to six years in the Department of Corrections. The other subjects of the indictment, Miguel Villalpando Rodriguez (DOB: 5/3/1982), Oscar Gomez (DOB: 4/5/1986), Ibis Fuentes (DOB: 9/26/1979) and Efrain Reyes (DOB: 10/19/1975), remain at large.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation assisted the Office of the Attorney General in investigating and prosecuting Ramirez and his codefendants. The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office assisted the Office of the Attorney General is prosecuting Ramirez and his codefendants.

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