Fraud

What spreads faster than Ebola?

DENVER – Ebola is becoming the next “big thing” for unscrupulous people looking to make a quick buck. Consumer agencies and organizations like the Federal Trade Commission, FDA and AARP are...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dark side of Craigslist

Since the explosion of Craigslist, we’ve had the opportunity to buy discounted electronics, sell used furniture and advertise jobs, all on one platform. However, it is difficult to ignore some of...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Another phone scam underway

If you get a call from someone claiming to work for UPS who needs more information to deliver a check from La Plata Electric Association, the advice is simple: Do not give any personal information....

DATE: June 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy records breached

Centura Health – the nonprofit umbrella that owns Mercy Regional Medical Center – has sent letters to about 1,000 people in Durango warning that hackers may have gained access to their personal...

DATE: April 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ex-Mancos resident guilty in IRS fraud

A former Mancos resident has pleaded guilty to filing a false claim with the Internal Revenue Service and receiving almost $379,000 in an unwarranted refund. Teresa A. Dietzenbach, 51, entered her...

DATE: March 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA impostor carries on scam

La Plata Electric Association said Monday an impostor is again threatening to cut off power to businesses unless they quickly settle a supposedly overdue bill. The first calls on Christmas Eve were...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scammed

Durango resident Kimberly Williams was reading this newspaper a couple of years ago when she came across a classified ad for a free motorcycle. She became interested and sent an email to learn...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Texters attempt Pine River scam

Many locals with cellphones received text messages Monday that their Pine River Valley Bank cards had been temporarily suspended, but it was all a scam. “Nothing at the bank has been hacked,” the...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sentencing delayed for ex-Durango developer

DENVER – A former Durango real estate developer will have to wait until December to see whether he goes to prison for tax evasion. James G. Kreutzer, developer of several troubled projects in...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Cortez bookkeeper pleads guilty to tax evasion

DENVER – The former bookkeeper at a Cortez business-supply store is probably headed to prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to four counts of income-tax fraud. Brian K. Shoults of Mesa, Ariz.,...

DATE: May 28, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man pleads guilty to tax evasion

A Durango man pleaded guilty to tax evasion this week in federal court in New Mexico.Hak Ghun, 62, is facing 12 to 18 months in prison after signing a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Iron Horse fraud probe continues

Investigation into the widespread credit-card fraud that targeted numerous people registered for this year’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic continued this week. The Durango Police Department had...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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