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DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers announced that on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, the Larimer County District Court sentenced Rick Van Vleet ("Van Vleet") of Fort Collins, Colorado, to a 10 year prison term for operating a fraudulent investment scheme that raised nearly three million dollars from investors, including senior citizens.  In November 2008 Van Vleet pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud, a Class Three Felony, in the criminal action brought against him by the Attorney General’s securities fraud unit.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers praised a decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals today that upheld the constitutionality of the Colorado Charter Schools Act.   

The case centers on Boulder Valley School District’s claim that the General Assembly does not have constitutional authority to create and fund charter schools that are not controlled by local school boards.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted Danny Kleiman and David Werkmeister on multiple felony charges involving a scheme to solicit thousands of dollars in charitable donations for non-existent charities.

The charges include violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, thefts from at-risk adults, forgery, perjury and felony violations of the Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director Ronald Sloan announce that on Friday, February 13, 2009, the Colorado State Grand Jury returned a thirty-one (31) count indictment naming seven (7) defendants who are alleged to have participated in or who were associated with a criminal enterprise involved in illegal professional gambling and bookmaking, loan-sharking, money laundering, tax evasion, theft, and unlawful debt collection.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced a consumer protection lawsuit against Broomfield-based Legal Aid U.S. (http://legalaidus.com), and its owner, Dan Ketelsen. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants failed to deliver the “paralegal and attorney services” they advertised nationally on the Internet.  

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that the State has reached a settlement with Lakewood-based Adopt a Miracle (www.adoptamiracle.com), and its owner Vinola Humphrey. The Attorney General’s Office received several complaints from prospective adoptive parents who claimed they were misled by the agency about the availability of Ukrainian children for adoption.

DENVER – A group of 13 prosecutors from Baja, Mexico has spent the last week undergoing a five-day training seminar at the Colorado Department of Law. The seminar, which is sponsored by USAID through the Conference of Western Attorneys General, is part of the ongoing efforts of six Mexican states working to overhaul their criminal justice systems. The goal is to replace the current inquisitorial system, which is based almost entirely on written procedure, with an oral, adversarial system similar to that of the United States.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that Colorado has entered into a settlement with Countrywide Financial Corporation, and several of its affiliated entities, over the marketing of subprime and other high-risk mortgage products in Colorado. As part of the agreement, Countrywide will make nearly $6 million available to eligible Colorado borrowers and to the State, including $500,000 for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Division of Housing to support the continued operation and expansion of the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, in his capacity as chairman of the state’s Methamphetamine Task Force, today released a nationwide study on the economic costs of meth use in the United States. The study, which was conducted by the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, estimates that meth use in the United States costs in excess of $23 billion in direct, indirect, and intangible costs each year.

DENVER – The following is a statement from Colorado Attorney General John Suthers regarding his plans for 2010:

“Let me say at the outset that I really love serving as Attorney General of Colorado. As I’ve told many people, I take great joy in having had the privilege of winning, what I like to call, ‘the legal trifecta’ – being able to serve as District Attorney, U.S. Attorney, and now, as Attorney General. That’s an important fact to keep in mind in trying to make sense out of what follows.

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