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Colorado Methamphetamine Task Force votes to oppose legislation that would dramatically reduce drug-crime sentences

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Colorado Methamphetamine Task Force has voted to oppose Senate Bill 12-163, which would make the possession of Schedule I and Schedule II drugs a misdemeanor instead of a class-six felony. Suthers serves as chairman of the Colorado Methamphetamine Task Force.

Attorney General announces consent decree to dissolve a Denver-based nonprofit corporation

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has filed a consent decree that transfers the assets of Fired Up For Kids, a Denver-based organization to a successor organization, Colorado Firefighter Calendar, Inc. Under the consent decree, Fired Up For Kids has agreed to dissolution under the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporations Act.

Attorney General announces consumer protection lawsuit against Fort Collins-based charity, homeless shelter

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against Full Spirit Ministries, a Fort Collins-based charity; its founder, CEO and president, Richard M. Thebo (DOB: 9/11/1940); and several of the charity’s board members on suspicion that they misused the charity’s assets and made misrepresentations while soliciting donations.

National foreclosure rescue scheme permanently enjoined

The United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, John F. Walsh, and the Colorado Attorney General, John W. Suthers, announce the end of a national foreclosure rescue scheme. The perpetrators, operating through Bella Homes LLC, had promised hundreds of distressed homeowners that Bella Homes would help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Instead of helping homeowners, the perpetrators helped themselves to a lavish lifestyle replete with fancy cars, vacations, and even gold coins.

Attorney General announces $51.17 million will be used for homeowner relief, foreclosure-prevention efforts

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Governor John Hickenlooper announced today that Colorado will use the $51.17 million it has received under the recent multistate settlement with the country’s five largest banks to fund homeowner relief and foreclosure-prevention efforts throughout the state.

Attorney General announces $4.5 million settlement with Westwood College to address deceptive business practices

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the state has reached an agreement with Westwood College, Inc. to address allegations that the institution violated the Consumer Protection Act by misleading prospective students, engaging in deceptive advertising and failing to comply with Colorado’s consumer lending laws.

Mexican ambassador to the United States to meet with the Attorney General, speak at Colorado Springs function

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he will meet with Arturo Sarukhán, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, during the ambassador’s visit to Colorado on Wednesday, March 14. Sarukhán also is scheduled to appear as the featured speaker at The Winter Night Club event that evening at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. He will speak on Mexico and United States relations.

Attorney General announces 12-year prison sentence for Fort Collins man who ran a $5.7 million investment-fraud scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Larimer County judge has sentenced Phillip R. Trujillo (DOB: 7/21/1949) of Fort Collins to 12 years in prison for his role in a running $5.7 million investment-fraud scheme. A Larimer County jury convicted Trujillo of six felonies in mid-January.

Attorney General announces consumer protection lawsuit against Highland Ranch business

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against Consolidated Medical Services, LLC, a Highlands Ranch-based company, and its owner, Joseph Benedetto (DOB: 10/8/1972), on suspicion that they violated the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.

Attorney General unveils top 2011 consumer complaints

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers unveiled today statistics on the top consumer complaints for 2011 and the first two months of 2012 to mark the beginning of National Consumer Protection Week.

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