News & Press Releases 2012

JASON HEMINGWAY GUILTY IN “SWITCH AND BAIT” CAR THEFT SCHEME

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that, Jason Hemingway (37 years) was found guilty of running an elaborate auto-theft ring, stealing money and deceiving Colorado Department of Revenue personnel. He was convicted in Arapahoe District Court of ten felony counts involving theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, ID theft and attempting to influence a public servant.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SETTLES WITH ORION FINANCIAL OVER CONSUMER ABUSES

DENVER—The Colorado Attorney General’s Office today announced that Adams County District Court entered a consent decree in a case involving the now defunct, debt-settlement company, Orion Financial Group and its owner Eric Thompson.

DAUGHTER BILLED MEDICAID FOR HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED TO DEAD FATHER

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced the criminal conviction today of Viola Kwong (52) for felony forgery. Kwong had requested services for her elderly father through a Medicaid program that allows a Medicaid client to direct his or her own home-based, personal healthcare when able. In this case, Kwong’s father was too infirm to direct his own care and Medicaid authorized Kwong as his personal representative in obtaining those services.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST CONVICTED OF STEALING FROM MEDICAID

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced the criminal conviction of occupational therapist Cheryl Moss (47) of Castle Rock, for stealing from the Colorado Medicaid Program. Moss pled guilty to one count of felony theft and one count of felony forgery. She will repay the program $54,332 in criminal restitution and serve 60 days home detention in addition to performing 300 hours of community service.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS AND 32 ATTORNEYS GENERAL REACH $42.9 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH PFIZER INC REGARDING THE DRUGS ZYVOX® AND LYRICA®

DENVER - Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he and 32 other Attorneys General reached a $42.9 million consent judgment with Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) to resolve allegations that Pfizer unlawfully promoted its drugs, Zyvox® and Lyrica®. Under the settlement Colorado will receive more than $1.125 million for future consumer protection efforts.

GANG MEMBERS AND “JOHNS” INDICTED IN DOMESTIC SEX-TRAFFICKING RING

DENVER — The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced the arrests of twelve individuals including self-reported members of the Crips gang. Eight of the twelve individuals are accused of participating in a criminal enterprise that exploited juveniles through human trafficking and pimping-related activities.

CONSUMER COMPLAINTS LEAD ATTORNEY GENERAL TO HALT DOOR-TO-DOOR MAGAZINE SUBSRCIPTION SCAM INVOLVING YOUTH

DENVER –Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has secured a default judgment against several door-to-door magazine companies all owned and operated by Jennifer Proffitt-Payne and Cody Payne, formerly of Evergreen, Colorado.  The companies covered by the judgment include Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. and American Cash Awards, Inc.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH OPERATORS OF FULL SPIRIT MINISTRIES/OPEN DOOR MISSION

DENVER — The Consumer Protection Division of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office today announced a consent decree was reached with Full Spirit Ministries/Open Door Mission, its founder, Reverend Richard Thebo, his son Darren, and two of its board members, Andrew and Patsy Kaminski.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES $207.4 MILLION IN STATEWIDE CONSUMER RELIEF THUS FAR FROM NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT

DENVER — The independent monitor for the National Mortgage Settlement today issued a nationwide report outlining the consumer relief activities of the five banks that are parties to the settlement. Since March 1, 2012, the banks disclosed that they have extended more than $26.1 billion in mortgage relief to more than 310,000 homeowners or roughly $84,385 per homeowner. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced the report shows $207.4 million in consumer relief has gone to 3,700 homeowners in Colorado.

ATTORNEY GENERAL CERTIFIES DOLLAR LIMIT UNDER UNIFORM PRUDENT MANAGEMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL FUNDS ACT

DENVER - The Attorney General certified today that the dollar limit established under the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), Colo. Rev. Stat. § 15-1-1106(d)(1) for January 2010-December 2011 was $106,200.  The Attorney General has certified the dollar limit as of January 2012 to be $108,400. UPMIFA is a uniform act that provides guidance on investment decisions and endowment expenditures for nonprofit and charitable organizations.

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