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Arrests made in Denver counterfeit ring targeting CUs
DENVER (9/23/10)--Thirteen people have been indicted by a Denver grand jury as part of a counterfeit check ring that stole more than $61,800 from area businesses, including several credit unions. The alleged ringleaders, which the indictment identified as April Cotton, 47, and Derik Romero, 26, are charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and felony counts of computer crime, theft, identity theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor (The Denver Channel Sept. 21). Members of the ring created the fake checks by stealing payroll check stubs and copying legitimate checks, said the indictment. The checks were drawn grocery stores, retail stores, banks and four area credit unions, including Aurora Catholic CU, Aurora; Bellco CU, Greenwood Village; Fitzsimons Community CU, Aurora; and Public Service CU, Denver. Others were charged with numerous felony counts, including conspiracy, theft, identity theft and forgery. One person was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and another with aiding escape. During the arrests, law enforcement authorities seized more than $360,000 in counterfeit checks.


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