News & Press Releases 2011

Attorney General releases Spanish-language version of popular ‘Identity Theft Repair Kit’ pamphlet

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has produced a Spanish-language edition of its popular “Identity Theft Repair Kit,” which advises consumers on how to avoid identity theft and what to do if their identities are stolen.

“Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States,” Suthers said. “This new edition of the ‘Identity Theft Repair Kit’ will expand the reach of our consumer-education efforts to help the state’s growing Hispanic and Spanish-speaking populations.”

Attorney General announces lawsuit against South Dakota lender making unlicensed loans to Colorado consumers

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against Western Sky Financial, a South Dakota-based online lender, and its principal, Martin A. Webb, for making unlicensed, high-interest loans to Colorado consumers.

Attorney General unveils quarterly newsletter aimed at informing and protecting Colorado consumers

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers unveiled today a new initiative aimed at keeping Colorado consumers apprised of the latest scams. The Colorado Consumer Fraud Awareness newsletter, a quarterly digital publication, will deliver information on emerging fraud schemes as well as information about common scams and how consumers can avoid falling victim to both.

“Information is the best weapon we have to combat and prevent fraud,” Suthers said. “Through this newsletter, Coloradans will be able to better prepare themselves to recognize and avoid scams.”

Attorney General awards $600,000 grant to Colorado Foreclosure Hotline to help it continue its mission

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.

Attorney General, Secretary of State and AARP ElderWatch warn Coloradans to beware of false charity scams after quake, tsunami

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has joined today with Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler and AARP ElderWatch to warn Coloradans to beware of scams trying to exploit the earthquake and tsunami in Japan as a means to steal their money.

“Although we have not yet received any complaints from consumers, experience tells us that scam artists are quite adept at exploiting current events and natural disasters to prey on consumers desire to help,” Suthers said. “Consumers should always check out any charities soliciting donations.”

Attorney General announces Colorado will receive $1.4 million as part of a multistate settlement with AstraZeneca

DENVER — Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Colorado will receive $1.4 million as part of a settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals to settle allegations that the drug manufacturer engaged in deceptive trade practices while promoting the drug Seroquel.

Attorney General unveils top 2010 consumer complaints

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers unveiled today statistics on the top consumer complaints for 2010 and the first two months of 2011 to mark the beginning of National Consumer Protection Week.

Attorney General announces 10-year community corrections sentence for man involved in investment, securities fraud scam

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that a Douglas County District Court judge sentenced Adam Kelepolo (DOB: 2/10/1973) to a 10-year community corrections sentence for his part in defrauding investors between September 2002 and March 2007 as part of a securities fraud scheme. Kelepolo also was ordered to pay $820,000 in restitution to his victims.

Attorney General tees off case against suspected serial burglar of Front Range golf courses

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office, in conjunction with the Broomfield Police Department, have arrested a Lakewood  man suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of items from numerous individuals and golf courses along the Front Range.

Attorney General announces 16-year prison sentence for ringleader of multimillion-dollar commercial Ponzi scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Denver judge has sentenced John Reinholdt II (DOB: 1/10/1972) to 16 years in prison and ordered him to pay $2.5 million in restitution for his role in running a commercial Ponzi scheme.

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