Economic Crime Unit

The Economic Crime Unit (ECU) of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office was established in 2014 to investigate and prosecute financial and white collar crimes.

ECU prosecutors and investigators work closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to conduct joint investigations for prosecution of criminal cases in Adams and Broomfield counties.

Cases include financial and white collar crimes including embezzlement, contractor fraud, public corruption, COCCA (Colorado Organized Crime Control Act), identity theft, welfare fraud, insurance fraud, securities fraud, real estate and mortgage fraud, exploitation of the elderly, and many other fraud related cases.

Since its formation, the unit has won court-ordered restitution of more than $500,000.

Cases successfully prosecuted last year include:

  • A contractor fraud case involving 25 victims who lost more than $140,000 for kitchen remodels that were not done.
  • A contractor fraud case in which the defendant was ordered to repay six victims the $55,650 they lost for pole barns that were not built or completed.
  • A Social Security fraud case in which a woman was ordered to pay back $120,000 she stole using her dead mother’s Society Security number.
  • An embezzlement case in which the treasurer of a Parent Teacher Student Association stole money from the organization and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution.
  • A securities fraud case in which the defendant stole more than $200,000 from a client, promising high returns on the investment, but instead used the money for his own personal expenses. He was ordered to pay $196,000 in restitution.

The ECU also is engaged in community outreach and education by speaking to groups about consumer fraud and identity theft. Elder citizens are particularly vulnerable. We have programs designed specifically to help them avoid being exploited and becoming crime victims. To schedule a fraud prevention presentation, contact our public information officer at 303-835-5639 or slindsay@da17.state.co.us.

 

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