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DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that charges have been filed against Westminster’s Duy H. Nguyen, (date of birth 8/20/80), who is alleged to be the ringleader of a criminal enterprise responsible for a string of burglaries, car thefts, and widespread drug distribution. The 94-count indictment, which arose from a Statewide Grand Jury investigation, includes charges against ten Colorado residents for a laundry list of crimes around the west Metro area.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that the State of Colorado will receive more than $2.6 million as part of a settlement with Eli Lilly and Company, over allegations that Lilly engaged in an off-label marketing campaign that improperly promoted the anti-psychotic drug, Zyprexa. The settlement represents Colorado’s state share of a global settlement announced today, in which the company will resolve four federal whistleblower lawsuits, as well as claims by numerous other states and the federal government.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced four priority bills to be introduced during the 2009 legislative session. The bills target “foreclosure rescue” firms, lift age-old civil penalty limits, and increase the penalties for appraisal fraud and water pollution.

House Bill 1109 – Expanding the Colorado Foreclosure Protection Act

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Todd Teel, age 41, has pled guilty in Denver District Court to a felony charge of Criminal Impersonation. The State had alleged that Teel, who was not a state-certified paramedic, provided American Medical Response of Denver a falsified certificate attesting to his paramedic status. The complaint, which was filed last October, alleged that Teel then operated in AMR ambulances as a paramedic between June 2006 and December 2007.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced three settlements as part of his office’s ongoing effort to crack down on deceptive mortgage advertising and bring foreclosure consultants into compliance with the law. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a similar set of cases announced on November 18 of last year.

Foreclosure Protection Enforcement

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that the State of Colorado will receive more than $1.2 million as part of a nationwide settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer Cephalon, Inc. The monies will be used to reimburse the State Medicaid system.

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted Richard Oliver (DOB 7/16/47) on four felony charges involving asbestos removal and disposal. The charges include Causing or Contributing to a Hazardous Waste Incident, Knowing Endangerment, and Bribery of a Witness.

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office has secured a court order that will give a receiver solitary control of the Colorado Humane Society and its assets, including all its sheltered animals. The motion, which was filed in Arapahoe County Court this morning, immediately removes Mary C. Warren, Robert Warren, and Stephenie L. Gardner from their management roles with CHS, and bars them from any control of its assets.   

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced a 42 state, $12 million settlement with Mattel, Inc. and its subsidiary, Fisher-Price, Inc., resolving a 16-month investigation into a voluntary recall of the company’s toys for excessive lead paint during 2007. The agreement, filed today in Denver District Court, requires Mattel to pay $12 million to the States by January 30, 2009, $228,800 of which will be paid to the State of Colorado.

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office has filed a civil lawsuit against Colorado Humane Society & S.P.C.A., Inc., and its principals for alleged violations of Colorado law. As part of the lawsuit, Attorney General Suthers has requested the appointment of a custodian to take over management of the charity in an effort to preserve the long-term viability of the organization.

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