The duties of the division include the investigation and prosecution of complex so-called "white-collar" crime, supervision over the Check Fraud Diversion program, and the investigation and prosecution of businesses engaged in deceptive trade practices. The bulk of the cases which fall under the "white-collar" crime label include a wide variety of economic, business and consumer crime. Examples of these crimes are Computer Crimes, Contractor Fraud, Employee Embezzlement, Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, Theft due to Identity Fraud, Investment/Securities Fraud, Money Laundering, Check Fraud, Welfare Fraud, and most other schemes that have an economic impact on our citizens of El Paso and Teller Counties.

One of the goals of the Economic Crime Division is to increase public awareness within the community, with emphasis on the senior community, about how to be safe from financial exploitation, common scams, Identity Theft, and other financial crimes. One of the ways the division meets this goal is to provide “no cost” presentations, upon request, to organizations and groups within our community. The presentations, called CASE (Communities Against Senior Exploitation) briefings are beneficial to everyone, from young adults to seniors. To schedule a briefing call our Fraud Hotline at (719) 520-6002.

Communities Against Senior Exploitation

CASE was developed to provide fraud prevention, intervention, investigation/prosecution and victim support. We would like to provide to the community insightful information on crime trends and patterns. Educating the public helps as a deterrent to ID Theft and other financial crimes and should reduce the incidence of crime through public awareness.

When you have a consumer problem

First contact the company management. Clearly explain your problem to them. Keep notes of the names of persons you talk to and what they tell you. Keep copies of all relevant letters, receipts, contracts, etc. If after a reasonable amount of time you do not receive satisfaction, and if there has been no satisfactory explanation for not making an adjustment, then gather your facts together and seek help from the appropriate agency. The Better Business Bureau is able to negotiate and adjust many consumer problems. The Better Business Bureau telephone number is (719) 636-1155.

Should you seek assistance from the District Attorney's office?

No, there is no criminal violation
  • If the transaction does not fall under any of the outlined categories of Consumer Fraud
  • If there was no misrepresentation
  • If you simply changed your mind about a transaction deciding you didn't get as good a deal as you thought you were getting
Yes, there may be a criminal violation
  • If the transaction was misrepresented to you
  • If it falls under any of the specific categories outlined as Consumer Fraud

Proving your complaint

If you have a justifiable complaint, your chance of getting a satisfactory result depends partly upon your ability to help prove your case. You must be prepared to relate all the important facts concerning the transaction. Our office will ask you for copies of all contracts, advertisements, and all other written data, to prove who, when, what, where and how. You will need to provide that information as clearly as possible.

What the District Attorney's Economic Crime Division can do

  • Refer you to an appropriate law enforcement agency
  • Develop the facts of your case by investigation
  • File a civil injunctive action to force discontinuance of deceptive trade practices when appropriate. Your actual damages, occasioned by the deceptive trade practice, are added to the injunctive relief in the legal action we take. The District Attorney's Office attempts to recover restitution for victims of consumer fraud
  • Prosecute consumer fraud cases that constitute violations of the criminal law when appropriate.

Forgeries, Counterfeit Checks, and Identity Theft

Forgeries, counterfeit checks, and identity theft should be reported directly to the law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction:

  • Colorado Springs Police Department 444-7000
  • El Paso County Sheriff's Office 520-7111
  • Fountain Police Department 382-8555
  • Woodland Park Police Department 687-9262
  • Teller County Sheriff's Office 687-9652
  • Cripple Creek Police Department 689-9480
  • Manitou Springs Police Department 685-5407.

Medicare Phone Scam

Read the following regarding a medicare related phone scam going on. Though this report only references a couple other states, these scams can spread to other states.
Fraudsters are targeting seniors in Burlington, NC, Kalamazoo, MI, and possibly elsewhere through phone calls in an attempt to obtain their Medicare ID numbers. In Michigan, the callers, who identify themselves as being from E-Medicare, are offering new diabetes monitoring equipment. Several seniors in North Carolina contacted the sheriff's department to report that they received phone calls with the caller offering free medication in exchange for their Medicare ID number.

Identity Theft



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