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DENVER – The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion today unanimously endorsing Colorado’s position in a decades-old water dispute that Kansas can only be reimbursed $40 per day as compensation for expert witnesses utilized in presenting its case.

“The Supreme Court’s decision today marks a bright note for Colorado in this long-running water dispute,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “We are glad to see the Supreme Court sided with our position on the matter of expert witness fees and, as a result, saved Colorado taxpayers more than $9 million.”

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers announced today that La Plata County District Court Judge David L. Dickinson issued a 12-page written order yesterday sentencing Defendant Jay Dee Russell to the Department of Corrections for 96 years as a habitual criminal on multiple felony convictions including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance (Schedule II- Methamphetamine) and Tampering with a witness.

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. (, 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 (, 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.


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