News & Press Releases 2011

Attorney General announces settlement with Westminster company behind deceptive ‘talk show’ infomercials and seminars

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has reached a settlement with a Westminster-based company, Real Talk Network, David Allen Burke (DOB: 9/6/1967) and Melodie Rose Burke (DOB: 7/1/1969). The settlement permanently bars Real Talk Network and its principals from selling, marketing or advertising any debt-relief services. Real Talk Network also has agreed to pay the state $226,414, including $200,000 in consumer restitution, as part of the settlement.

Attorney General announces 20-year sentence for Lakewood man who burglarized Front Range golf courses

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Broomfield County District Court judge has sentenced Marc Pierre Friel (DOB: 7/4/1966) to 20 years in prison in connection with a string of thefts from numerous individuals and golf courses along the Front Range. Friel received two 10-year prison sentences, to be served consecutively, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, each a class-three felony. The judge also ordered Friel to pay more than $121,000 in restitution to his victims.

Attorney General announces $92 million multistate settlement with JPMorgan Chase to resolve bid-rigging allegations

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today $92 million multistate settlement with JPMorgan Chase to settle allegations that individuals working for subsidiaries of the financial holding company engaged in anticompetitive conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry. The

Attorney General appointed to NAAG Executive Committee for fifth year in a row

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he has been reappointed to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General for the fifth year in a row. The 12-member Executive Committee is charged with leadership of the organization.

Attorney General, Colorado Foreclosure Hotline start two-year, $600,000 grant to help Colorado homeowners

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has awarded the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline a two-year, $600,000 grant to allow the nonprofit to continue its mission of helping homeowners avoid foreclosure.

The Office of the Attorney General finalized the grant in March, which will allow the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline to continue to serve Colorado homeowners for two more years.

Attorney General calls court decision ‘a step toward long-term solvency’ for state pension system

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers heralded a decision today from Denver District Court Judge Robert S. Hyatt as a significant step toward long-term solvency for Colorado’s Public Employees’ Retirement Association retirement fund. The decision upholds Senate Bill 1 of the 2010 legislative session, which placed a cap on cost-of-living increases for current and future retirees.

Suthers announces that Statewide Grand Jury investigation exonerates Timothy Masters in Peggy Hettrick homicide

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that based on a yearlong investigation into the 1987 homicide of Peggy Hettrick (DOB: 3/1/1949), Timothy Masters is no longer a suspect in the case.

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.

Attorney General announces $40.75 million multistate settlement with drug manufacturers to address drug-production practices

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has joined 36 other state attorneys general in entering a $40.75 million settlement with pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and SB Pharmco Puerto Rico, Inc., to resolve allegations of deceptive trade practices. Colorado will receive $839,479 under the settlement.

Attorney General announces verdict in Denver domestic sex trafficking case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Jefferson County jury has convicted Dallas Colby Cardenas (DOB: 9/3/1991) of trafficking of a child, pimping, pimping of a child and two other related charges for his role in pimping two individuals between May 2010 and June 2010.

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