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DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that attorneys from his office’s Consumer Protection Section have filed a lawsuit against two Englewood-based businesses and their owners, Tyrone E. Tymkovich (DOB: 12/30/1977) of Aurora and Sam Levine (DOB: 2/1/1967) of Castle Rock, who are suspected of defrauding more than 700 businesses in Colorado and other states between July 2006 and September 2009. 

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that attorneys from his office’s Consumer Protection Section have filed a lawsuit against two former Coloradans, Donald Sterling Whitlock (DOB: 5/6/1970) and Erin Reese Whitlock (DOB: 7/11/1969), who are suspected of defrauding consumers through the use of fake commercial lending companies and committing multiple identity thefts involving numerous victims. 

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Jefferson County District Court judge has sentenced Jeffrey Castardi (DOB: 5/23/1961) to 16 years in prison for his role in running an illegal gambling ring that centered around the Gin Rummy Club, 2380 South Broadway in Denver.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Boulder County District Court judge has sentenced Ismael Lopez (DOB: 1/24/1972) to 20 years in prison for his role as the ringleader of an identity theft ring that broke into cars parked at trailheads and parks in Boulder, Broomfield and Jefferson counties.

Attorney General calls FTC report ‘an encouraging sign’ about Colorado consumers

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said today that a Federal Trade Commission report on participation in the federal Do Not Call Registry for the 2009 fiscal year indicates that Coloradans are highly informed about their rights under the program.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has taken action against 10 loan-modification firms doing business in Colorado as part of his office’s efforts to crack down on loan-modification companies preying on Coloradans in foreclosure. These 10 companies, nine of which are located outside Colorado, either failed to deliver results to Colorado consumers or engaged in deceptive advertising. The actions taken against the companies will require them to either comply with Colorado law or not do business in the state.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the state and federal government will receive more than $42 million as part of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan a judge from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has approved for Asarco, Inc. and certain related companies. The order, approved by Judge Andrew S.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced that Colorado has received $421,000 as part of a $95.5 million settlement with Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of sanofi-aventis U.S., LLC. The agreement resolves allegations that Aventis and its corporate predecessors knowingly misreported best prices for the steroid-based anti-inflammatory nasal sprays Azmacort, Nasacort and Nasacort AQ between 1995 and 2000. The Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit facilitated Colorado’s share of the settlement.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a formal opinion today addressing questions from the Governor’s Office concerning the taxation of medical marijuana. 

“Colorado law is clear: Medical marijuana, in most instances, should be subject to state and local sales taxes,” Suthers said. “This formal opinion should help clear up many of the uncertainties surrounding the taxation of medical marijuana. Many other questions surrounding medical marijuana and Amendment 20 to the Colorado Constitution will have to be resolved by the courts or the Colorado Legislature.”

DENVER – Amid the upcoming holiday season, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Secretary of State Bernie Buescher appealed to residents to consider charitable giving but also to give wisely.

"Undoubtedly, these are tough economic times,” Buescher said. “However, for those traditional donors or people wanting to give for the first time, my office has developed a user-friendly site that helps people maximize their donations by highlighting charities’ financials. In this season of giving, we want Coloradans to be seasoned-givers.”

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