H. Michael Steinberg has over 32 years experience practicing Colorado criminal law. Mr. Steinberg strives to stay current with the ever changing aspects of criminal law issues and updates resulting in his extensive knowledge of successful criminal defense as well as appellate work. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, and the Colorado and Arapahoe Bar Associations.
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The Changing Face of White Collar Crime – Lengthy Sentence in Identity Theft Case in Colorado

On June 3, 2011 – a women from Lakewood Colorado learned today she would be sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in an Identity Theft Ring.

She eceived the 20-year prison sentence for taking part in the theft of more than $100,000,00
Teresa Marie Porter was the leader of the identity theft ring. The invesitgation shouwed that the ring was in the metro area from October 2009 through August.

Sometimes in large scale corruption cases the DA will use a grand jury indicted to iindict – (to charge) – the case. The grand jury has the power to subpoena witnesses and conduct an invesitgation at the direction of the DA. That was done in this case by the Jefferson County Grand Jury.

The Defendant was originally charged 82 felony counts including racketeering, identity theft, theft, criminal impersonation and providing false information to a pawnbroker.

District Court Judge Phil McNulty sentenced Porter to a total of 20 years in prison – (the DA had ” capped” the sentence at 48 years.)

H. Michael’s Take

In recent years = there has been a dramatic increase in this tyupe of Colorado Identyty theft. The sentences in these case — because of the imp[act they have on the average citizen – have become increasingly harsh and swift.

This kind of organized “ring” will use stolen personal and financial information, including Social Security numbers, to open credit accounts in jewelry stores. They then can, and in this case, did purchase thousands of dollars of high-end pieces on credit, pawning the property for cash.

The firm of Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – H. Michael Steinberg has extensive experience in all categories of Colorado White Collar and Identity Theft Criminal defense
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