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ATTORNEY GENERAL SETTLES WITH DEBT-SETTLEEMNT COMPANY OVER CONSUMER ABUSES

DENVER—With receipt of $225,000, the state has resolved a case in which 615 Coloradans were financially harmed by a Texas-based debt-settlement company that was operating illegally in Colorado. The Consumer Protection Section of the Attorney General’s Office has entered a stipulation and final agency order with the now defunct CreditAnswers and its Chief Executive Officer William Loughborough (D.O.B. 11/02/62).

ATTORNEY GENERAL BRINGS SUIT AGAINST FRAUDLENT DEBT COLLECTION COMPANIES

DENVER- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the Consumer Credit Unit of his office filed a civil lawsuit against United Credit Recovery (UCR), its principal and director, Leonard Potillo (D.O.B. 06/26/65), as well as against GTF Services and Standley & Associates, alleging that they sought to pass off fraudulent bank documents in their attempt to collect on outstanding debts and engaged in deceptive trade practices that harmed consumers.

CRIME RING INTERCONNECTING DRUGS, GUNS AND CAR THEFTS IS INDICTED

DENVER-Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted four individuals for running a criminal enterprise that involved stolen cars, guns, methamphetamine and prescription drugs. “Shot caller” Robert Muniz (D.O.B. 01/14/55), Anthony Balderrama ((D.O.B. 08/08/93), Victor Vialpando (D.O.B. 11/13/72) and Lindsay Rae Garry (D.O.B. 08/30/89) were arrested for a pattern of racketeering that began in 2012.  All but Garry are now in police custody.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS ANNOUNCES CONSUMER PROTECTION SETTLEMENT WITH ARGOSY UNIVERSITY

DENVER– The Colorado Attorney General’s Office has filed  a civil lawsuit and stipulated consent judgment against Argosy University, Denver and parent company Education Management Corporation (NASDAQ: EDMC). Argosy is accused of deceiving, misleading and financially injuring students seeking doctorate of education in counseling psychology degrees (EdD-CP) in violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF ONLINE GAMER AFTER DIVISION OF SECURITIES RAISES RED FLAGS

DENVER—The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted Ronald D. Gollehon (D.O.B. 12/22/49) and his companies Open Source Games, Inc., WikiRainforest, Inc,, Gameworking, LLC and others on 56 counts of securities fraud. Gollehon is accused of offering investment opportunities for an online game in development and soon to launch.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SHUTS DOWN DISREPUTABLE AIR DUCT CLEANING COMPANIES

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a civil lawsuit was filed and Temporary Restraining Order obtained against Andre Shatyko (D.O.B. 01/01/86), Alexander Kurdyukov (D.O.B. 04/18/87), and their air duct cleaning companies, Seabreeze Air, LLC; Seabreeze Air; Quality Air; Quality Air “LLC”; and Fresh Air, LLC.  They are accused of advertising their cleaning services for very low prices, only to significantly increase their prices once inside a customer’s homes. This business model violates the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES DECISION TO NOT RE-TRY FREDERICK MUELLER

MONTROSE, CO—District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller today filed a motion to dismiss the case against Frederick Mueller. In February 2012, Dan Hotsenpiller filed one count of murder against Frederick Mueller related to the suspicious drowning of his wife, Dr. Leslie Mueller, in Hinsdale County on May 3, 2008. In February 2013, after a five week trial in Gunnison County, a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Subsequently, venue was moved to Broomfield County, and once again in October 2013, following a trial, a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

ATTORNEY GENERAL INDICTS FRAUD SCHEME TARGETING DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS

DENVER — The Statewide Grand Jury indicted nine individuals for targeting distressed homeowners as part of a fraudulent short-sale scheme that allowed the defendants to ultimately defraud the banks and lenders who held the mortgages for the distressed homeowners. The announcement was made today by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers; Ronald Sloan, Director of Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI); Inspector General David Montoya of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of Inspector General (U.S. HUD-OIG); Acting Inspector General Michael P. Stephens of the U.S.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL COMMENTS ON COURT OF APPEALS’ DECISION IN ANDERSON ET AL V. SUTHERS

DENVER—The Colorado Court of Appeals today issued its opinion in a case (2012CA2313) in which a group of plaintiffs challenged a decision of the Colorado Attorney General to approve the transaction in which the Colorado Health Foundation sold its interest in several hospitals in the Denver area to HCA-HealthONE. The Court affirmed the trial court judgment dismissing the lawsuit. Unlike the trial court, which dismissed the case as moot, the Court of Appeals held that the plaintiff lacked standing to contest the Attorney General’s approval of this hospital transfer.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS ANNOUNCES SECOND RISPERDAL SETTLEMENT WITH JOHNSON & JOHNSON AND ITS SUBSIDIARY, JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS

DENVER– Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that Colorado will receive approximately $7.7 million dollars from Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: JNJ) in a settlement resolving allegations of illegal off-label marketing activities of the drugs Risperdal and Invega.

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