News & Press Releases 2013

ATTORNEY GENERAL ISSUES OPINION UNDER HOSPITAL TRANSFER ACT

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers announced today that his office has issued an opinion under the Hospital Transfer Act (C.R.S § 6-19-101, et seq.) relating to the proposed transaction between the Lutheran Hospital Association of San Luis Valley doing business as San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center and Conejos County Hospital Corporation. This matter was noticed on June 24, 2013.

ATTORNEY GENERAL RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT SAME SEX MARRIAGE DECISIONS

DENVER—The United States Supreme Court issued opinions today on two cases involving same sex marriage. U.S. v. Windsor was a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which denied certain federal benefits to same sex couples married under state laws. Hollingsworth v. Perry was a challenge to the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 declaring a marriage was between one man and one woman. Proposition 8 is virtually identical to a Colorado constitutional provision passed by voters in 2006.

ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS CONSUMERS OF DISREPUTABLE AIR DUCT CLEANING COMPANIES

DENVER—The Consumer Protection Section of the Attorney General Office announced today that it has filed a civil lawsuit and obtained a Temporary Restraining Order against the air-duct cleaning company, The Finest Duct Cleaning, Inc. and owners Vachagan “George” Gasparyan (D.O.B. 09/13/80) and Kristine Petrosyan (D.O.B. 01/20/82). They are being accused of falsely advertising its prices as well as qualifications.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES 71-COUNT INDICTMENT AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES AND OWNERS

DENVER –The statewide grand jury has indicted Conley Hoskins (DOB 11-26-78), Dallan Dirkmaat (DOB 02/21/76), Brenden Joyce (DOB 09/21/79), and nine other individuals for defrauding investors and running an illegal medical marijuana grow operation. The twelve indicted individuals face 71 criminal counts related to the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) and felony charges for tax evasion, securities fraud and money laundering.

ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS CONSUMERS THAT FIRES BRING OUT THE SCAM ARTISTS

DENVER – The wildfires in Colorado also threaten to spark a host of fraudulent activities by scam artists. Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers is warning consumers not to be exploited by these scams and to report any suspicious activity.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS REACTS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING ON TARRANT REGIONAL WATER

DENVER—The United States Supreme Court in a unanimous decision today upheld the language of an interstate compact between Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana governing the states’ rights to water from an interstate river. The Court ruled that because it did not have explicit authority to do so under the compact, a Texas water district could not cross state lines to appropriate water from within Oklahoma’s borders.

ATTORNEY GENERAL STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF MOUNTAIN STATES EMPLOYERS COUNCIL REPORT

DENVER—On Friday, June 7, 2013, Attorney General John Suthers informed the Colorado District Attorneys Council, the Colorado Public Defender, and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Council via letter of the report by Mountain States Employers Council.

Attorney General John Suthers issued the below statement today:

APPROXIMATELY 22,965 CHECKS AVERAGING $1,480 COMING TO COLORADO BORROWERS THROUGH NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT

DENVER- Colorado borrowers who submitted a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement will receive a check this month for an average of $1,480. To date, the total cash payments for mortgage servicing abuse are Colorado is $32,882,672. This relief is in addition to $405.3 million already provided to more than 7,000 borrowers for principal reductions, mortgage modifications and other forms of relief.  

TWO FLORIDA MEN INDICTED ON CHARGES RELATED TO BUSINESS ID THEFT

DENVER –The statewide grand jury has indicted John Parks (DOB: 10-29-76 ) and Daryl Honowitz (DOB: 09-05-60 ) on 28 criminal counts related to the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) and felony charges for computer crime, theft, defrauding a secured creditor, identity theft and forgery.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES GUILTY VERDICTS AGAINST BURGLARS WHO TARGETED ELDERLY

DENVER—The Colorado Attorney General’s Office today announced that Erik Burt (D.O.B. 01/24/84) and Javon Ristick (D.O.B. 05/31/85) pled guilty to burglarizing the homes of Colorado’s senior citizens and were both sentenced to serve eight-years each with the Department of Corrections.

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