Avon police help indict alleged identity stealer | VailDaily.com

Avon police help indict alleged identity stealer

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Avon, CO Colorado
Timothy Kuskowski

AVON, Colorado ” The Avon, Colorado police have helped the state attorney general issue a 25-count indictment that accuses a man of identity theft and check forgery.

Timothy Kuskowski, 45, is suspected of stealing identities of nearly two dozen Coloradans and using them to pass fake checks in 10 Colorado counties, including Eagle County.

“Thanks to the efforts of the Avon Police Department and the work of prosecutors in the Office of the Attorney General, we have shut down a major identity theft and check fraud operation,” said Attorney General John Suthers.

According to the indictment, Kuskowski used the names of innocent Coloradans on forged checks he cashed and attempted to cash at various retail businesses in Eagle, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Mesa, Montrose, Summit and Teller counties between Dec. 30, 2007, and June 10. The checks ranged from $50 up to $747.63 and totaled more than $24,000 during the six-month time period, according to the attorney general.

Kuskowski forged checks to appear like they were either payroll checks, business checks or personal checks, according to the indictment. The checks all used either the name of an innocent person or a fictitious name, the attorney general said.

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The Avon Police Department, which assisted the Office of the Attorney General in linking Kuskowski to the forged checks, used store surveillance footage and fingerprint comparison in its investigation. Kuskowski was arrested June 11 in Delta while allegedly trying to pass a fraudulent check at a City Market store.

Kuskowski, who is currently in the Colorado Department of Corrections, will be prosecuted in Summit County before Chief Judge Terry Ruckriegle.

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