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DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced the arrests of Young Jo Kwon (DOB 11/07/1964) and his wife, Jessie Kwon (DOB 12/05/1966), in connection with charges of indentured servitude at their Denver sushi restaurant. The couple was charged with five counts of theft and forgery.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that he and 49 other Attorneys General have reached an agreement to better protect children online with the popular social networking site Facebook. Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, has agreed to make changes to its site that will better protect children from predators and inappropriate content. The company will also join a task force with MySpace to study age and identity verification software.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office has filed a temporary restraining order and injunction against four West Slope oil companies for failing to control construction runoff in waterways near Parachute, Colorado.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that Daniel Arnold, age 51, has pled guilty to charges of racketeering, theft, and forgery for his role in allegedly stealing more than $1 million from the Colorado Medicaid system between 2000 and 2005.

WHEN:
Monday, March 24, 2008, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:
State Services Building
1525 Sherman Street
Seventh Floor
Denver, CO 80203

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers announced today a Statewide Grand Jury Indictment that charges 10 people in a complex mortgage fraud scheme that involved 34 properties in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson counties.  According to the Indictment, between April 28, 2004 and December 28, 2006, members of this crime ring fraudulently obtained $10.9 million in mortgages.  They allegedly used falsified invoices and shell corporations to deceive lenders into paying $1.1 million back to the buyers.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office has reached a settlement with Sonic Cash, LLC, an internet payday lender based in Boise, Idaho. As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to refund more than $150,000 in finance charges on nearly 2,300 illegal payday loans. An estimated 180 Colorado consumers will receive refunds by May 12, 2008.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced a seven-count indictment against Fort Collins resident Rick D. Van Vleet (DOB 12/9/44) for an alleged investment fraud scam which netted more than $2.9 million from 26 investors. Van Vleet was indicted by the Statewide Grand Jury on five counts of securities fraud and two counts of theft over $15,000. If convicted on all counts, the defendant could face 84 years in prison and more than $5 million in fines

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday to participate in a three-day, binational conference on international smuggling, sponsored by the Conference of Western Attorneys General. The conference will serve as the compliment event to last September’s exchange mission to Cuernavaca, Mexico, which Attorney General Suthers attended with representatives from six Western states.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today issued a consumer advisory warning Colorado consumers and businesses about a new email scam being reported to his office.

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