News & Press Releases 2012

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES FORMAL OPINION FINDING THAT STATE SCHOOLS CANNOT UNILATERALLY GRANT TUITION BENEFITS TO UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

DENVER — In response to a question posed by the Colorado Community College System, Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today released a formal opinion on whether Colorado’s state-supported institutions of higher education have authority to create discounted tuition categories for undocumented students without legislative approval.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF TWO INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN INTERNET DATING SCAM

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has obtained an indictment of Tracy Vasseur (DOB: 7/10/1971) and her mother, Karen Vasseur (DOB: 10/19/1938), of Brighton for their roles in a “Nigerian internet romance scam.” The indictment alleges that, as part of the scam, the Vasseurs stole over one million dollars from 374 victims throughout the United States and from 40 other countries.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ISSUES INDICTMENT IN CHARITY-FRAUD SCHEME

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has obtained an indictment of Candice Jenkins (44 years old) of Centennial for her role in a charity-fraud scheme that occurred between May, 2010 and August, 2011. 

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES COUNTERFEIT CYCLING GEAR SEIZED

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that four individuals were recently indicted for computer crime, filing false tax returns and trademark counterfeiting for selling counterfeit cycling jerseys and bicycle components on the internet. Counterfeit items seized from the main target’s apartment have an estimated industry manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) value of  $285,306.00.

ATTORNEY GENERAL, AARP ELDERWATCH ANNOUNCE WEEKEND FIGHT FRAUD-SHRED INSTEAD EVENTS ACROSS THE FRONT RANGE

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Amy Nofziger, director of Colorado’s AARP ElderWatch program, encouraged Coloradans to take advantage of a series of document-shredding events that will take place Saturday, June 9, across the Front Range.

“Shredding documents that contain your personal information, such as checking account numbers and your Social Security number, is one of the simplest steps Coloradans can take to protect themselves against identity theft,” Suthers said. “Shredding will help prevent identity thieves from easily targeting you and your family.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES FINAL ORDER AGAINST TEXAS COMPANY AND ITS PRESIDENT FOR UNREGISTERED DEBT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has obtained a final agency order for civil penalties against Credit Solutions of America, LLC, a Dallas, Texas company, and Doug Van Arsdale, the company’s president, for unregistered and unlawful debt management practices in Colorado. Under the final order, Van Arsdale and his company are each liable for more than $5,000,000 in civil penalties, for a total of over $10,000,000.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION MULTISTATE SETTLEMENT WITH THE MAKERS OF SKETCHERS FOOTWEAR TO ADDRESS MARKETING PRACTICES FOR ATHLETIC SHOES

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has joined 45 other state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission in entering a $45 million settlement with Sketchers USA, Inc., the maker of Skechers footwear, to resolve allegations of deceptive trade practices.

Attorney General calls increasing youth acceptance, use of marijuana a ‘predictable’ development

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said today that a national report showing both a lower perception of risk associated with marijuana use and higher rates of marijuana use among teens is a discouraging development.

Attorney General calls increasing youth acceptance, use of marijuana a ‘predictable’ development

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said today that a national report showing both a lower perception of risk associated with marijuana use and higher rates of marijuana use among teens is a discouraging development.

Attorney General announces consumer protection lawsuit against Evergreen duo and magazine subscription businesses

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against Jennifer Proffitt-Payne (DOB: 12/21/1961), Cody Payne (DOB: 11/28/1963) and a series of Jefferson County-based magazine businesses. The lawsuit follows allegations that Proffitt-Payne, of Evergreen, and her businesses, including Great Lakes Circulation and D2D Consulting, engaged in deceptive trade practices.

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