Fraud

Scammers often earn victims’ trust through shared hopes, dreams, beliefs

Fred Baker was no ordinary Ponzi schemer.He was a misguided investor who thought he could game the Ponzi system and felt bad when the plan fell apart, his lawyer said at his 2011 sentencing.And he...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

A man, a plan, a scam

Back in 2006, Frederick H.K. Baker came to Durango and dangled the promise of safe, easy money. With his secret formula for trading foreign currency, select investors could make a guaranteed 10...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sorry PayPal users, refund email a scam

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an online scam targeting PayPal customers.Fraudulent notifications about a bogus refund are being emailed to residents that attempt to...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

100s of credit cards hacked

The Durango Police Department is warning residents about a large-scale debit- and credit-card fraud that occurred last month and earlier this month at Mama’s Boy Italian Ristorante.All credit and...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ponzi victims recount anguish

Victims of a $1 million-plus Ponzi scheme based in Durango last week expressed anger and humiliation at losing thousands – some even tens of thousands – of dollars.The Durango Herald was provided...

DATE: March 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Used car dealer asks judge for jury trial

A former Durango car dealer who pleaded guilty to theft and fraud plans to take his chances at a jury trial rather than accept 12 years in prison.By asking that the case be set for trial, Roger W....

DATE: Feb. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pacemaker busts Florida fugitives

A Florida couple wanted by the FBI on suspicion of stealing about $10 million have been arrested recently at Mercy Regional Medical Center after doctors identified the man through his...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News