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THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF LAW IS MOVING

DENVER — On January 22, 2013, the Colorado Department of Law and Attorney Generals’ Office, will move from its current location at 1525 Sherman Street, Denver CO 80203, to the:

Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
New Main Number: (720) 508-6000

In preparation for this event, the Department of Law will stop receiving documents and be officially closed at 12:00 p.m. MST on Friday, January 18, 2013. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, from the new location.

SUTHERS BECOMING SECOND LONGEST-SERVING ATTORNEY GENERAL IN COLORADO HISTORY

DENVER — On January 5, 2013, John Suthers will begin his ninth year as Colorado’s Attorney General and in the process become the second longest-serving Attorney General in state history. Only Duke Dunbar, who served 22 years from 1951-1973, had a longer tenure as Colorado Attorney General. Suthers was appointed the state’s 37th Attorney General by Governor Bill Owens upon the election of Ken Salazar to the U.S. Senate. Suthers was sworn in on January 4, 2005, and was subsequently confirmed by the State Senate. He won election to the office in 2006 and 2010.

JASON HEMINGWAY GUILTY IN “SWITCH AND BAIT” CAR THEFT SCHEME

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that, Jason Hemingway (37 years) was found guilty of running an elaborate auto-theft ring, stealing money and deceiving Colorado Department of Revenue personnel. He was convicted in Arapahoe District Court of ten felony counts involving theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, ID theft and attempting to influence a public servant.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SETTLES WITH ORION FINANCIAL OVER CONSUMER ABUSES

DENVER—The Colorado Attorney General’s Office today announced that Adams County District Court entered a consent decree in a case involving the now defunct, debt-settlement company, Orion Financial Group and its owner Eric Thompson.

DAUGHTER BILLED MEDICAID FOR HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED TO DEAD FATHER

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced the criminal conviction today of Viola Kwong (52) for felony forgery. Kwong had requested services for her elderly father through a Medicaid program that allows a Medicaid client to direct his or her own home-based, personal healthcare when able. In this case, Kwong’s father was too infirm to direct his own care and Medicaid authorized Kwong as his personal representative in obtaining those services.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST CONVICTED OF STEALING FROM MEDICAID

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced the criminal conviction of occupational therapist Cheryl Moss (47) of Castle Rock, for stealing from the Colorado Medicaid Program. Moss pled guilty to one count of felony theft and one count of felony forgery. She will repay the program $54,332 in criminal restitution and serve 60 days home detention in addition to performing 300 hours of community service.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS AND 32 ATTORNEYS GENERAL REACH $42.9 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH PFIZER INC REGARDING THE DRUGS ZYVOX® AND LYRICA®

DENVER - Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he and 32 other Attorneys General reached a $42.9 million consent judgment with Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) to resolve allegations that Pfizer unlawfully promoted its drugs, Zyvox® and Lyrica®. Under the settlement Colorado will receive more than $1.125 million for future consumer protection efforts.

GANG MEMBERS AND “JOHNS” INDICTED IN DOMESTIC SEX-TRAFFICKING RING

DENVER — The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced the arrests of twelve individuals including self-reported members of the Crips gang. Eight of the twelve individuals are accused of participating in a criminal enterprise that exploited juveniles through human trafficking and pimping-related activities.

CONSUMER COMPLAINTS LEAD ATTORNEY GENERAL TO HALT DOOR-TO-DOOR MAGAZINE SUBSRCIPTION SCAM INVOLVING YOUTH

DENVER –Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has secured a default judgment against several door-to-door magazine companies all owned and operated by Jennifer Proffitt-Payne and Cody Payne, formerly of Evergreen, Colorado.  The companies covered by the judgment include Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. and American Cash Awards, Inc.

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH OPERATORS OF FULL SPIRIT MINISTRIES/OPEN DOOR MISSION

DENVER — The Consumer Protection Division of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office today announced a consent decree was reached with Full Spirit Ministries/Open Door Mission, its founder, Reverend Richard Thebo, his son Darren, and two of its board members, Andrew and Patsy Kaminski.

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