DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has obtained an indictment against Othello Kenta Bland (DOB: 6/19/1978) and Chelsea Marie Getchell (DOB: 7/8/1989) on suspicion that they fraudulently obtained used cars from sellers and resold them for cash to unsuspecting buyers.
According to the 17-count indictment, filed in Arapahoe County District Court, Bland and Getchell approached individuals advertising their cars for sale online or in a publication and offered to buy the vehicles. In each instance, Bland and Getchell are suspected of fraudulently obtaining the vehicles either using a forged check or simply stealing the car during a test drive. The duo then resold the stolen cars to buyers they solicited online in exchange for cash. The victims learned of the fraud when they were unable to obtain proper title for the vehicles.
Bland could face up to 24 years in prison or up to $1,000,000 in fines if convicted of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a class-two felony and the lead count of the indictment. Getchell could face up to 12 years in prison or $750,000 in fines if convicted of computer crime, a class-three felony.
The Office of the Attorney General’s work on this case was funded in part through the Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority, which is funded through a grant the state secured in April 2010. The grant-funded initiative consists of a full-time prosecutor and investigator who assist local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys in the investigation of complex crime related to automobile theft through use of the Statewide Grand Jury. The initiative also provides field-specific training to law enforcement agencies across the state.
The Office of the Attorney General investigated and obtained the indictment for Bland and Getchell with the assistance of the Metro Auto Theft Task Force.