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DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted 15 individuals on suspicion of running a cocaine ring that extended throughout the Denver metro area, northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. The indictment is focused on conduct occurring between March 2009 and June 2009.

DENVER — Four bills the Office of the Attorney General drafted and championed during the 2009 legislative session to better protect Colorado consumers and the state’s water will go into effect Wednesday, Aug. 5.

“Each of our pragmatic proposals this year was aimed at better protecting the high quality of life we Coloradans enjoy,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “Each of the four bills that will go into effect Wednesday will help keep Colorado a great place to live, recreate and do business.”

The bills slated to go into effect Wednesday are:

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has been elected chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General at the organization’s annual meeting in Idaho.

“It is an honor to serve as the voice for western attorneys general as we move forward and confront the numerous challenges facing our states over the next year,” Suthers said. “The Conference of Western Attorneys General is a powerful voice for western states and an important forum for attorneys general to collaborate on issues of critical import to our constituents.”

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Timothy Kuskowski, who was indicted in April on 25 counts of identity theft, forgery, theft and criminal impersonation, has pleaded guilty in Summit County.

Kuskowski, who pleaded guilty to theft, a class-three felony; identity theft, a class-four felony; and forgery, a class-five felony, could be sentenced anywhere from eight to 24 years in prison at his Oct. 5 sentencing hearing before Summit County District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Lone Tree-based DISH Network has agreed to pay $5.99 million to 46 states to settle allegations the satellite television provider and its third-party retailers engaged in unfair and deceptive sales practices. Colorado will receive $125,000 from the multistate settlement.

Also as part of the settlement, DISH Network has agreed to pay restitution to customers and has agreed to limit how it will market its services. Though DISH Network agreed to participate in the settlement, it has denied any wrongdoing.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the state has reached agreements with seven loan-modification firms that either failed to deliver results to Colorado consumers or engaged in deceptive advertising. The agreements will force these firms to either comply with Colorado law or not do business in the state.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Merck & Co. Inc, Schering-Plough Corporation and a joint venture of the two companies, MSP Singapore Company, LLC, have agreed to settle with 35 states, including Colorado, after it delayed the release of negative results from a clinical trial of its cholesterol lowering drug Vytorin.

Colorado will receive $100,000 of the $5.4 million the companies have agreed to pay as part of the settlement. The money will be used for reimbursing investigation costs and funding future investigations.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a bankruptcy court in New York has formally ratified General Motors’ agreement to honor Colorado and other states’ laws governing the relationship between automotive dealerships and New GM, a newly formed entity created by the United States Treasury,

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an arbitrator appointed to help resolve a fight over the Republican River has sided with Colorado on a number of key issues in the state’s longstanding dispute with Nebraska.

In a non-binding decision, Arbitrator Karl Dreher rejected the vast majority of claims Nebraska brought against Colorado and Kansas concerning how the states calculate compact compliance along the Republican River.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an Adams County jury has convicted Uto Essien (DOB: 6/24/1964), the ringleader of a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud operation, on four felony charges all related to the use of shell corporations and false invoices to skim money off the top of nearly three-dozen real estate transactions.

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