Fraud

Former sheriff’s deputy who taught scam avoidance almost falls for phone scam

Scammers pretending to be representatives of the Dish Network, a satellite television company, are calling people in the area and offering a fraudulent discount in exchange for a security deposit...

DATE: July 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s former finance director turns herself in for embezzling about $700,000

Durango’s former finance director, who is suspected of stealing more than $700,000 from the city of Durango, turned herself into authorities Wednesday, but quickly bonded out of custody. Julie...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Cortez finance director faces embezzlement charge

Felony charges have been filed against the former Cortez finance director in the city’s embezzlement case. Katheryn Moss, 70, faces one charge of theft and one charge of embezzlement of public...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police looking for two suspects wanted for theft and fraud

The Durango Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and a woman suspected of committing theft and fraud in the past few weeks. According to a post on social media ,...

DATE: May 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

$10 toilet paper? Coronavirus gouging complaints surge in US

One store advertised hand sanitizer at $60 a bottle. Another was accused of hawking it at $1 a squirt. Chain stores offered $26 thermometers and face masks at the “everyday low price” of $39.95 a...

DATE: March 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Funeral home owners arrested for harvesting, selling bodies

Two women who own Sunset Mesa Funeral Home in Montrose were arrested Tuesday for selling body parts or entire bodies without consent of the family of the deceased, according to the U.S. Attorney’s...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scam text messages hitting La Plata Electric Association customers

La Plata Electric Association cautions members not to be fooled by a scam in which impersonators, who claim to be from the cooperative, are contacting members and threatening to disconnect them for...

DATE: April 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

More sentences handed down in Ute Mountain fraud case

Six additional sentences were handed down in a $1.5 million Ute Mountain Ute Tribe embezzlement case that previously resulted in 16 convictions. A three-year investigation by the U.S. Department of...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scammers peddling bogus tax breaks find traction on Facebook

Hundreds of ads on Facebook promised U.S. homeowners that they were eligible for huge state tax breaks if they installed new solar-energy panels. There was just one catch: None of it was true. The...

DATE: April 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Woman’s lawsuit accuses funeral home of illegally harvesting mother’s body parts

A La Plata County woman has filed a lawsuit accusing a Montrose funeral home and a business that harvests and sells body parts of dismembering her mother and selling the body parts without her...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man linked to Pagosa hot springs gets 18 months for tax evasion

A former Pagosa Springs man who committed tax evasion, which included income from the Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison and one year of probation....

DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County residents targeted by phone scam

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office and its constituents are once again the target of a scamming ploy to get people to give up their “hard earned money,” officials say. Deputy Adrian O’Haver said...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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