News & Press Releases

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that Jaydee Russell, (DOB 8/14/67) of Bloomfield, New Mexico, has been convicted on four felony counts for his role in a crime ring which stole automobiles and heavy equipment in the Four Corners area during 2004 and 2005. More than twenty motor vehicles, valued at in excess of $300,000, were taken from both Colorado and New Mexico, and then traded for methamphetamine imported from Mexico.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today welcomed nine investigators from Baja, Mexico to Colorado for a four-day training seminar, sponsored by USAID through the Conference of Western Attorneys General.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced numerous actions his office has taken to crackdown on deceptive mortgage brokers and foreclosure rescue firms. These actions are part of the Attorney General’s ongoing effort to help protect Colorado borrowers from deceptive lending practices and to shield borrowers facing foreclosure from fraudulent activity. 

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that settlements have been reached with Dallas-based American Engine Installations and its Colorado franchises in Commerce City (located at 4850 Olive Street) and Colorado Springs (3455 Astrozon Court). The Attorney General filed a Consumer Protection Act lawsuit against AEI in June of last year, alleging that AEI and its franchises low-balled engine repair estimates, only to raise the estimate an average of 60 percent after consumers had paid an $800 deposit and after their cars were dismantled.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Colorado Supreme Court in the case Barber v. Ritter:

“I am pleased that the Court has agreed with the State’s position that the Legislature has the authority to move tax dollars among different funds within the state budget to deal with fiscal concerns. I greatly appreciate the hard work of the individuals in my office who successfully articulated the State’s position in this case.”

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today issued several reports on the state’s high-cost consumer lending activity in 2007. The reports include only lenders supervised by the Attorney General’s Office, and do not include data on most mortgages. They show the effect of payment plan requirements for some payday loans, continued high levels of high-interest payday and small installment lending, debt dependency, and significant decreases in mortgage-related credit.

DENVER – Colorado Solicitor General Dan Domenico today offered the State’s defense of its charter schools in the case Boulder Valley School District v. Colorado State Board of Education. The case was argued in the Colorado Court of Appeals.

The case centers on Boulder Valley’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 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") announced that, on October 22, 2008, the Colorado District Court sentenced Robert Ray White Samples ("Samples") of Parker, Colorado, to 10 years incarceration for operating two fraudulent investment schemes that raised more than $1 million from investors, including senior citizens.  In August 2008, Samples plead guilty to two counts of securities fraud in the criminal action brought against him by the Colorado Attorney General’s securities fraud unit.  In addition to the term of incarceration, Samples was ordered to p

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today convened the 2008 Attorney General’s Summit on Senior Financial Exploitation. The event brought together more than 225 professionals representing 52 cities and towns in 31 counties from across Colorado to discuss the best methods to prevent the financial exploitation of older Coloradans.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced his office’s participation in Operation Clean Sweep, a joint effort with the Federal Trade Commission and 22 other states to root out unlawful credit repair practices in 33 businesses nationwide. As part of the operation, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office has entered into settlement agreements with two Colorado credit service organizations, and has ongoing investigations into numerous others.


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