Indictment handed down in 10-county ID theft scheme

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The Statewide Grand Jury has issued a 25-count indictment against Timothy Kuskowski, who is suspected of stealing the identities of nearly two dozen Coloradoans and using them to pass fake checks in 10 counties.

According to the indictment, Kuskowski used the names of Coloradoans on forged checks he cashed and attempted to cash at various retail businesses in Eagle, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Mesa, Montrose, Summit and Teller counties between Dec. 30, 2007, and June 10, 2008.

The checks ranged from $50 to $747.63 and totaled more than $24,000.

Kuskowski forged checks, according to the indictment, to appear like they were either payroll checks, business checks or personal checks. The checks all used either the name of another person or a fictitious name.

The Avon Police Department, which assisted the Office of the Attorney General in linking Kuskowski to the forged checks, used store surveillance footage, fingerprint comparison and forensic-document examination in its investigation.

Kuskowski was arrested June 11, 2008, in Delta while trying to pass a fraudulent check at a City Market store.

Kuskowski, who is in the Colorado Department of Corrections, will be prosecuted in Summit County before Chief Judge Terry Ruckriegle.