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AG indicts nine in fraud scheme targeting homeowners

AG indicts nine in fraud scheme targeting homeowners

The statewide grand jury indicted eight people for targeting distressed homeowners as part of a fraudulent short-sale scheme. The scheme allowed the defendants to defraud banks and lenders who held mortgages for the distressed homeowners, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s office. Wendy Thomas, 46, Chicago, previously of Thornton; Cristina Nicole Smith, 42,… Continue Reading AG indicts nine in fraud scheme targeting homeowners

Investors beware fraudulent opportunities

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Inter Reef Ltd. seemed to offer the deal of a lifetime. The Internet-based investment company promised investors would “Get richer with every sunrise,” with a daily return on the investment of 1.5 to 2.5 percent. It promised it used Biblical values to invest money, with short-term “hard money loans” to businesses throughout the United States… Continue Reading Investors beware fraudulent opportunities

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Denver woman pleads guilty to charitable fraud

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Candice Jenkins pled guilty to the crime of engaging in a charitable fraud scheme, according to news from John Suthers, Colorado Attorney General. The crime is a class five felony, and involved the Gathering Place, a shelter in Denver that provides services to women and their children experiencing issues with homelessness and poverty. Jenkins also… Continue Reading Denver woman pleads guilty to charitable fraud

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Bankers are often first to notice when an older adult is being bilked out of savings or retirement money by scammers and swindlers … Continue Reading Quandary: Bankers look for best way to end elder abuse

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The Colorado Attorney General office requested documents today filed by seven law firms in four Colorado counties, including El Paso County, that have been representing banks in foreclosure proceedings. “I have no idea what they’re looking for,” El Paso County Public Trustee Thomas Mowle said. The firms included the Vaden; Dale & Decker; Castle, Stawiarski; Hopp;… Continue Reading AG requests documents from El Paso County trustee

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Financial planning and management consultants received the most consumer complaints last year, according to the Colorado attorney general’s office. That was followed by complaints about cable and satellite television utility providers, mail fraud, health and medical services and tanning salons. Consumers filed 7,297 complaints with the attorney general in 2011, a 12.9 percent increase over… Continue Reading Financial planners rack up most complaints in 2011

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Stories of Enron and Bernie Madoff’s financial frauds and scheming grab headlines, but small businesses across the country are quietly being ripped off to the tune of millions every year … Continue Reading Forensic accountants are balance-sheet detectives

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Colorado is part of a $34.5 million multi-state settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, according to the state’s attorney general’s office. The settlement involved allegations that the company engaged in anticompetitive conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry, said Attorney General John Suthers. The settlement is a component of a $70 million coordinated state… Continue Reading Colorado part of $34M settlement with GE Funding Capital

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More than 4,200 medical marijuana applications have been delayed while the state Department of Health investigates fraudulent physician certification forms. The forms were received between Sept. 5 and Dec. 5 of this year, the department said. The inquiry came from the police, who were present in two locations where applicants were being seen by someone… Continue Reading Potential fraud delays medical marijuana applications

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A series of Denver, Lakewood, Littleton and Wheatridge magazine-sales telemarketing companies are being sued by the state’s attorney general. John Suthers claims the companies deceived and defrauded consumers in Colorado. “There is strong evidence that these companies and individuals preyed on the elderly and consumers with cognitive disabilities – society’s most vulnerable,” he said. “Businesses… Continue Reading AG files suit against magazine subscription companies

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