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Attorney General, U.S. Attorney announce joint lawsuit, injunction to end national foreclosure-rescue scam

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and U.S. Attorney John Walsh announced today that they have filed a joint lawsuit against Georgia-based Bella Homes and its principals on suspicion that they ran a nationwide foreclosure-rescue scam between March 2010 and February 2012.

Colorado Solicitor General to argue case before the U.S. Supreme Court

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Colorado Solicitor General Dan Domenico will argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, February 27. The case, Wood v. Milyard, concerns whether or not a federal appellate court can raise the untimeliness of a convicted felon’s habeas corpus petition despite the issue not being decided at the district court level. The state will argue that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals did not err in raising the issue.

Attorney General announces jail, probation sentence for Colorado Springs man guilty of tax evasion

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Denver judge has sentenced Colorado Springs resident Douglas Bruce (DOB: 8/26/1949) to 180 days in the Denver County Jail and a six-year probation sentence for tax evasion during the 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax years. As part of his probation, Bruce will have to meet 20 additional conditions including, making his computer files, state and federal tax returns, banks accounts, and every real estate or other financial transaction open to the probation department.

Attorney General announces Colorado will receive $204.6 million in foreclosure-relief funds under multistate settlement

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Colorado has joined a $25 billion multistate settlement with the five largest national banks, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi and Ally, who account for 60 percent of the home loan servicing market, to end problematic business practices and to help distressed homeowners. The settlement — the second largest multistate consumer protection settlement — will deliver $204.6 million worth of relief for Colorado homeowners.

Attorney General announces four-year community corrections sentence for Pueblo man whose demolition project released asbestos

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Pueblo County District Court judge has sentenced Thomas K. Tienda to a four-year community corrections term after his demolition of a Pueblo house led to the airborne release of asbestos. He also is expected to pay more than $300,000 in restitution. A Pueblo jury convicted Tienda of eight felonies in October.

Attorney General announces indictment of 14 individuals suspected of trafficking children on Front Range, Western Slope

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has secured an indictment for 14 individuals suspected of running, abetting and patronizing a human-trafficking ring that trafficked children for sex at locations ranging from Denver to Grand Junction.

Attorney General announces 16-year prison sentence for leader of meth-trafficking ring

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Larimer County District Court judge has sentenced Gabriel Farias-Chavez (DOB: 3/15/1983) to 16 years in prison for his role in trafficking up to 50 pounds worth of methamphetamine per month into the Denver metro area and other parts of the state between March 1, 2010 and July 15, 2010. A Larimer County District Court judge previously sentenced Ramon Chavez (DOB: 3/5/1980), the other ringleader, to 24 years in prison.

Attorney General announces guilty verdict for Loveland man who ran a $5.7 million investment-fraud scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Larimer County jury has convicted Phillip R. Trujillo (DOB: 7/21/1949) of Loveland of six felonies for his role in a running $5.7 million investment-fraud scheme.

Attorney General announces one-year prison, four-year probation sentence for Former Western Slope District Attorney

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a judge has sentenced Myrl Serra, the former District Attorney for the 7th Judicial District of Colorado, to one year in prison followed by 60 days in the Montrose County Jail followed by four years probation following his guilty plea in October 2011 to criminal extortion, a class-four felony, and unlawful sexual contact, a class-one misdemeanor, and his August 2011 convi

Attorney General announces indictment of Denver man suspected of defrauding prospective car sellers, buyers

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that prosecutors for the state have obtained an indictment for William Paul Buckley (DOB: 5/10/1984) of Denver for his role in stealing vehicles and money from consumers that he contacted through his Englewood-based business, The Lease Brokers.

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