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DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today unveiled brochures designed to combat scams that target Hispanic communities. Printed in Spanish, the brochures are a cooperative effort of attorney general offices nationwide.

“The best way to avoid becoming a victim of consumer fraud is to know how to spot scams,” said Suthers. “These brochures will help give Colorado’s Spanish-speaking community tools to identify schemes designed to defraud them of their hard-earned money.”

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today announced the conviction of Verna Ray Brown (DOB 9/23/55) and Rodney Fessenden (DOB 4/26/66) for multiple felony counts in connection with falsifying insurance certificates for hundreds of workers in the Greeley area.

According to the indictment, Brown and Fessenden operated several staffing agencies, including Absolute Solutions and 3B Enterprises. Since 2003, they staffed hundreds of workers with businesses in Greeley and surrounding areas including Boulder, Longmont, Sterling and Fort Collins.

DENVER – Law enforcement and school officials from Colorado and Wyoming today joined Colorado Attorney General Suthers for an innovative Internet investigations training led by Microsoft Corp.

“The anonymity of the Internet, as well as instant access to countless potential victims, has created incredible challenges for law enforcement who are on the front lines attempting to stop predators,” said Suthers. “With the support of a technology leader like Microsoft, we’re working together to combat cyber criminals.”

WHAT:   “Catching a Predator Online: Investigatory Tools and Tips”

 WHEN:  

Monday, October 2, 2006 at 10 AM
*Press conference will be held from 10-10:30 AM. Following the press conference, the training course will be closed to the media.

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers announced that his office has issued annual reports on sub-prime lending activity in Colorado for 2005. The Attorney General’s Office enforces the Colorado Uniform Consumer Credit Code – Colorado’s consumer lending law. Sub-prime lenders that make or take assignment of consumer loans with an annual percentage rate (APR) of 12% or more must be licensed under the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC) and report their lending activity on an annual basis. Individual lender reports are compiled into composite reports, based on type of loans made.

DENVER – The Attorney General’s Office announced today that the murder conviction of Michael Backus, who had been found guilty of a gruesome murder thirteen years ago in Steamboat Springs, has been upheld.

“Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s denial of Michael Backus’ post-conviction appeal on his convictions for first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder,” said Attorney General Suthers. “This decision keeps a dangerous criminal behind bars.”

DENVER - The Colorado Attorney General’s Office and AARP ElderWatch today hosted the second annual “Fight Fraud – Shred Instead” identity prevention effort at Windsor Gardens in Denver. This free event was held to provide Coloradans with a way to safely discard unwanted or outdated personal and financial documents.

Attorney General Suthers and AARP Elderwatch To Hold Identity Theft Prevention Event

 WHEN:  

Saturday, September 16, 2006
10 AM - 2 PM

Attorney General Suthers will attend from 12-2 PM

DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers, and Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred J. Joseph, announced today the arrest of Mark Steven Blakemore of Erie, Colorado, (DOB: 11/20/56) for his alleged participation in a securities scam in the Boulder-Denver area.

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers will convene the second meeting of the Colorado Methamphetamine Task Force tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12 at 10 AM. The public meeting will be held at the Department of Law (1525 Sherman Street, Denver) in room 610.

At tomorrow’s meeting, task members will begin to develop a strategy to most effectively address meth in Colorado and assist local communities with curbing methamphetamine abuse.

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