News & Press Releases 2013

CLINTON DEE FRALEY RECEIVES MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 12 YEARS FOR SECURTIES FRAUD

DENVER — The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced today that Clinton Dee Fraley (D.O.B. 01/05/77) of Englewood received the maximum sentence of 12 years by an Arapahoe County judge for stealing more than $532,000 from four Colorado investors.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES COLORADO’S VICTORY IN ARBITATION UNDER TOBACCO MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his Consumer Protection Section won a major arbitration victory under the $206 billion Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement (MSA) the state signed in 1998. As a result of the arbitration award, Colorado will receive approximately $9.9 million in withheld tobacco settlement funds relating to a long-standing dispute over settlement payments in 2003.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL STATEMENT ON REMEDY IN APPLE’S ILLEGAL E-BOOK PRICE FIXING

DENVER—The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York yesterday issued a permanent injunction addressing Apple Inc.’s illegal activities regarding e-book price fixing. The company is now required to modify its agreements with five publishers; provide for a court-appointed external monitor, include anti-regulatory provisions to protect publishers; and is barred from future anticompetitive behavior.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEA BY CHRISTOPHER HOUTCHENS FOR RECYCLING REIMBURSEMENT FRAUD

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced Christopher Houtchens (D.O.B. 10/16/75) has pled guilty to being in possession of a forged instrument and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and two years' probation. He must also pay $17,189 in restitution to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). His company Colorado Tire Solutions, Inc. also pled guilty to forgery and was ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 to the Colorado Environmental Crimes sampling fund.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES VICTIMS OF PARAMOUNT MORTGAGE WILL RECEIVE NEARLY $1M IN RESTITUTION

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced a successful outcome for victims of Paramount Mortgage of Colorado Ltd and owner Jill M. Evans (D.O.B. 09/15/65). In early 2012, the Attorney General announced that the State Grand Jury had indicted Evans for stealing fees for mortgage loans that Evans never delivered.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL REACTS TO LONG-ANTICIPATED FEDERAL GUIDANCE TO MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

DENVER—U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced what the federal government’s position will be in reaction to Colorado and Washington state legalizing recreational use of marijuana during the last election cycle.

The following statement is to be attributed to Attorney General John W. Suthers:

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES SENTENCES OF MOTHER & DAUGHTER IN NIGERIAN INTERNET DATING SCAM

DENVER-After announcing indictments in June 2012 under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act against daughter Tracy Vasseur and her mother Karen Vasseur of Brighton for their roles in a “Nigerian internet romance scam,” Attorney General John Suthers today announced the sentencing outcomes. The Vasseurs stole more than $1 million dollars from 374 victims throughout the United States and from 40 other countries.

ATTORNEY GENERAL REACTS TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR DECISION ON MINERAL LEASING ACT

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today reacted to a decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior to refund to Colorado and other states oil and gas royalties previously withheld as a “federal expenditure” under sequestration.

ATTORNEY GENERAL INDICTS JEFFERY KEITH ECCLES FOR SERIES OF COLORADO BANK ROBBERIES

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, today announced that the State Grand Jury indicted Jeffery Keith Eccles (D.O.B. 05/21/77) on 12 counts of robbery and theft for a series of Denver-area bank heists. Eccles is currently in custody in the Arapahoe County jail.

ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEA, AND DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT JOIN FORCES TO HALT MAJOR METHAMPETHAMINE TRAFFICKING NETWORK

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Barbra M. Roach, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Denver Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Chief Robert White of the Denver Police Department today announced 15 individuals were indicted by the statewide Grand Jury for trafficking methamphetamine (meth) and cocaine from Mexico to Colorado. They are being charged under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) for a pattern of racketeering and conspiring to distribute meth and cocaine.

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