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DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an Adams County judge has sentenced Uto Essien (DOB: 6/24/1964), the ringleader of a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud operation, to 30 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Essien, a Nigerian national, will be deported upon completion of his sentence.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office’s Consumer Protection Unit has filed a complaint against a Denver-based company, its corporate officers and other related entities on suspicion of violating the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and the Uniform Consumer Credit Code through an aggressive door-to-door roofing scheme. The operation, according to the complaint started operating in April 2007.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Colorado will receive $3.5 million as part of two settlements with drug manufacturer Pfizer, including $2.8 million as part of a $1 billion Medicaid multistate settlement and $705,000 as part of a $33 million non-Medicaid multistate settlement.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will address the governors from four U.S. and six Mexican states Sept. 3 as part of a conference aimed at resolving problems along the two countries’ mutual border. Suthers’ presentation, scheduled for the second day of the Border Governors Conference in Monterrey, Mexico, will focus on the efforts of western attorneys general to assist their Mexican peers as their states transition to an adversarial court system.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph announced today that Douglas County District Court Judge Vincent White has sentenced Mark H. Polunci (DOB: 5/16/1957) to seven years in prison for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office recently obtained guilty pleas and sentences in the Denver District Court in two separate Medicaid wheelchair-fraud cases.

Cortney Ileane Miller, 55, pleaded guilty Aug. 14, 2009 to forgery, a class-five felony. Theft and other felony charges in a twelve-count Criminal Complaint were dismissed. Denver District Court Judge Christina Habas sentenced Miller to five years probation, with conditions to include 100 hours of useful public service and restitution of more than $23,000.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, 17th Judicial District Attorney Don Quick and the North Metro Task Force announced today that they have dismantled a massive methamphetamine ring comprised of 41 suspects, including 19 suspected of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. The Statewide Grand Jury handed down the recently unsealed indictment last week.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and 17th Judicial District Attorney Don Quick announced today that Tammera Deane Henritze, 38, pleaded guilty Aug. 14, 2009 to one count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault on an at-risk adult, a class-three felony, stemming from allegations that she neglected and mistreated an elderly woman and then falsely billed Medicaid for the care. Pursuant to the stipulated terms of the plea agreement, Henritze faces a prison term of between 10 and 20 years at her Oct. 26 sentencing hearing.  

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that an El Paso County District Court has ordered a Colorado Springs business, the Immigration Center, from engaging in deceptive trade practices, including posing as or claiming an affiliation with the federal government.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Colorado has received a share of a $12.4 million settlement with Madison, New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics Inc. after one of its former subsidiaries, Nichols Institute Diagnostics, manufactured faulty medical-testing kits that resulted in inaccurate and unreliable laboratory tests that were billed to the state Medicaid program.

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