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DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today his office has reached a settlement with an Englewood locksmith company after an investigation revealed it had routinely misrepresented the costs of its services to consumers.

Under the settlement, Basad, Inc., and its owners Peleg Forman, Batia Forman and Michael Biton, will pay $100,000. The money will be used to reimburse consumers who complained of paying Basad, Inc., charges that were not disclosed to consumers when they called and requested locksmith services.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted James Shattuck (DOB: 12/14/1952) on theft, forgery and securities fraud charges after he allegedly obtained money from investors for what they thought was the construction of a car wash in Northglenn. Shattuck also is suspected of using money he obtained to develop a subdivision in Weld County to pay off personal debt.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he has joined with 39 other attorneys general in reaching a $9.75 million settlement with TJX Companies, Inc., after an investigation showed the retail company’s data storage practices left the personal data on thousands of Coloradans at risk for theft or misuse

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today he is pleased to host nearly two-dozen Mexican investigators and prosecutors for a week-long training exercise aimed at preparing them for their transition from conducting paper-based criminal trials to an adversarial system conducted in open court.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today he has joined more than two-dozen other attorneys general from across the country in objecting to General Motors’ bid to unfairly modify its auto dealership agreements as part of its bankruptcy case in a New York federal court.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that two men, Danny Troy Kleiman (DOB: 2/17/1964) and David Dale Werkmeister (DOB: 9/14/1964), indicted on suspicion of committing multiple felonies in connection with a scheme to solicit thousands of dollars in charitable donations for nonexistent charities, have pleaded guilty.

Kleiman and Werkmeister each pleaded guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and to committing charities fraud, both felonies. Under their plea agreements, each could face up to 16 years in prison.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a consumer advisory today warning Coloradans of an uptick in the number of reports of fraudulent job listings on Craiglist and other popular job-search Web sites.

“The economic downturn has left thousands of Coloradans without work,” Suthers said. “However, even in these times of uncertainty, it is essential that Coloradans be cautious of any position advertised on Craigslist or other job-search Web sites. If a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said today he looks forward to hosting the National Association of Attorneys General summer conference at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs from June 16 to June 18.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that the state of Colorado will receive more than $376,000 as part of a $95.5 million global settlement with Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of sanofi-aventis U.S., LLC. The agreement resolves allegations that between 1995 and 2000, Aventis and its corporate predecessors knowingly misreported best prices for the steroid-based anti-inflammatory nasal sprays Azmacort, Nasacort and Nasacort AQ.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted Ernie Colter (DOB: 6/08/1959) on three counts of theft and one count of forgery for his role in fraudulently obtaining a loan for a client and then stealing some proceeds from a related real estate transaction.

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