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A rare conviction and tearful Capitol testimony are intensifying pressure to reform Colorado’s guardianship system

It was a call about an unpaid bill from her mother’s doctor that led Barb Dowski to begin unraveling the deception. Dowski tried to question her mother’s court-appointed conservator, who was in charge of paying those medical bills and the rest of Barbara Moore’s finances, but got no answers. So she headed down a paper […]

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Colorado task force refers 17 cases of unemployment fraud to prosecutors

A state task force investigating suspicious jobless claims has now referred 17 cases for criminal prosecution, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said Friday.  The AG’s office, which is part of the Colorado Unemployment Fraud Task Force, said the total loss in unemployment fraud “exceeds $300,000.”  “These are complex cases that take time to develop, and […]

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Colorado auditor finds $73 million in “likely fraudulent” unemployment payments, including to dead people

Colorado may have paid $73 million in fraudulent unemployment benefits, with payments made to dead people, inmates and underage applicants, a state audit found, more than double the $30 million state labor officials had previously confirmed was improperly paid. “Despite the numerous steps that the department has taken to prevent and detect fraud, our audit […]

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12 charts that tell you everything you need to know about Colorado’s Paycheck Protection loans

Now we know.  Denver breakfast chain Snooze made it through the first year of COVID-19 thanks to a $10 million Paycheck Protection Program loan. Snooze’s loan was forgiven on June 11, according to data provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Same with Intrepid Potash, a Denver fertilizer manufacturer that said it received full forgiveness […]

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Investors behind Idaho Springs gondola say they’re victims of fraud, sue loan broker and escrow agent

The investment group planning a gondola-anchored resort village at Idaho Springs’ long dormant Argo Mill is suing a loan broker and escrow company, arguing they are victims of a comprehensive fraud scheme. The 55-investor Mighty Argo Cable Car Group in August 2020 deposited $4.5 million into an escrow account with Virginia-based First Title Inc. That […]

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Federal prosecutors charge Texas billionaire with Colorado ties in $2 billion tax fraud scheme

By Janie Har, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors charged Texas billionaire Robert Brockman on Thursday with a $2 billion tax fraud scheme in what they say is the largest such case against an American. Department of Justice officials said at a news conference that Brockman, 79, hid capital gains income over 20 […]

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Colorado stops nearly $1 billion in unemployment benefits from being paid to scammers

By adding a mysterious 18th fraud prevention mechanism in late August, Colorado’s unemployment office prevented $750 million to $1 billion in benefits from being paid to scammers. That measure stopped nearly 50,000 false claims from being approved in the past two weeks, said the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, declining to further elaborate for […]