Sixteen Colorado residents were indicted by a grand jury Nov. 22 on 168 counts after law enforcement discovered that the group was responsible for a …
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Sixteen Colorado residents were indicted by a grand jury Nov. 22
on 168 counts after law enforcement discovered that the group was
responsible for a statewide identity-theft ring that victimized
more than a hundred individuals and businesses across Colorado.
Matthew Mccluskey, 47, Brittany Cox, 21, Matthew Leman, 30,
Jennifer Spade, 41, Lauren Ciparro, 19, Johnnie Main, 20, Carla
Cominiello, 30, Michael Dicino, 28, Teresa Kidlow, 35, and Michael
Relic, 42, were arrested earlier this week and are being held on
bonds ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Defendant Laura Fritz, 26,
will be issued a summons to appear in court.
Defendants Robert Turner, 46, Alyse Shank, 19, William Joseph
Roberts, 45, Jennifer Putman, 28 and Roy B. Frank, 36, remain at
large. The Arapahoe County District Attorneys Office and local law
enforcement agencies are seeking the public’s help in locating the
five remaining defendants.
“This indictment is the accumulation of many months of
investigation by numerous law enforcement agencies across the
state,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Cheryl Rowles-Stokes,
Chief of the District Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.
“Hundreds, if not thousands, of man hours were devoted to the
eradication of this identity theft ring for the protection of not
only the businesses and citizens of Arapahoe County, but the
businesses and citizens of our state as well. Due to the dedication
and investigative leadership of D.A. Investigator Marc White and
A.P.D. Detective Gordon Madonna, we were able to remain focused on
the massive task at hand and were able to clearly, succinctly and
orderly present evidence to the Arapahoe County Grand Jury in a
The defendants were discovered and captured as a result of a
collaborative effort of the Arapahoe County District Attorneys
Office Economic Crimes Unit, the Aurora Police Department, the
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Postal
Inspection Service of Denver, Parker Police Department, Jefferson
County Sheriff’s Office, the Arvada Police Department and the
Lafayette Police Department.
“This 168-count grand jury indictment has brought an end to a
prolific criminal enterprise”, said Aurora Police Chief Daniel
Oates. “Thanks to the diligent and effective efforts of
investigators from a number of law enforcement agencies, and the
work of the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office, the
defendants named in the indictment are no longer free to prey on
communities throughout the state.”
Inspector in Charge, Oscar S. Villanueva, of the US Postal
Inspection Service in Denver stated, “US Postal Inspectors continue
to protect the safety of the American public through investigations
such as this one which involve mail theft. US Postal Inspectors,
working alongside local and state agencies, aggressively
investigate those who choose to steal US mail to further their
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