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DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today announced an arrest warrant has been issued for Thomas Alex Rivera, DOB 8/26/47, for allegedly dumping raw sewage onto his property within close proximity to the Purgatoire River. Rivera is charged with class 4 felony theft, class 5 felony forgery and associated environmental crimes including criminal pollution and violation of the Solid Waste Act.

DENVER – With the enrollment period for Medicare Part D fast approaching this November 15, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and AARP ElderWatch today warned Medicaid Part D consumers about avoiding fraudulent enrollment offers.

“The new drug benefit is the biggest change in the Medicare program since its creation forty years ago,” said Suthers. “As the enrollment date approaches, seniors should watch out for scams and be cautious about any offer to enroll them in Medicare Part D.”

DENVER – Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case, Thorpe, et al. v. State of Colorado, et al., No. 04-1541, without opinion. In doing so, the Court let stand a ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals allowing the General Assembly to refund TABOR surplus only to those who filed full-year income tax returns.

“This decision upholds the intent of the General Assembly that TABOR refunds should go only to those taxpayers who live and work in Colorado year-round,” said Attorney General Suthers.

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court announced today, in an en banc decision, to deny certiorari in Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition vs. Joe Ortiz et. al., 05 SC 370, allowing the Colorado Court of Appeals decision to stand, which upheld the constitutionality of HB 03-1256.

DENVER – In recognition of School Safety Month, Attorney General John Suthers today urged students to do their part to ensure their schools are safe environments and report any suspicious activity or tips that could deter school violence.

DENVER – The Colorado Attorney General’s Office and AARP ElderWatch today hosted the state’s first “Fight Fraud – Shred Instead” identity prevention effort in Denver. This free event was held to provide Coloradans and their families a way to safely discard no longer needed or outdated personal and financial documents. 

DENVER - National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) President and Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter announced that Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has been selected to Co-Chair the NAAG Criminal Law Committee.

“It is an honor to be selected Co-Chair of the NAAG Criminal Law Committee,” said Attorney General Suthers. “I hope to use my experience in the Colorado criminal justice arena to help other states better protect their citizens. I look forward to working together with my colleagues in furthering our criminal enforcement efforts.”  

DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the indictment of Verna Ray Brown, 49, and Rodney Glenn Fessenden, 39, both of Greeley, and Nicole Ray Brown, 22, of Denver, operators of Full Spectrum Staffing and its predecessors, for violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, forgery, influencing a public official, and other crimes. 

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General Suthers and the Secretary of State’s Office advise citizens to beware of giving to fraudulent organizations that may claim to help citizens who have suffered loss from Hurricane Katrina.

DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission Chairman Natalie Meyer today cautioned Colorado residents against participating in illegal gambling activities. With the increased popularity of internet gambling, televised poker tournaments and sports pools, much confusion surrounds the legality of these activities.

Internet gaming, despite being a multi-billion dollar industry, is illegal. Both federal and state laws prohibit internet gaming, as well as toll-free sports wagering hotlines.

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