Colo. backs off claim of investigation of lawmaker
DENVER – State officials are backing off earlier statements that a Colorado state senator is being investigated for allegedly misleading consumers with advertising flyers that look like official tax documents.
Last week, Division of Real Estate Director Erin Toll said Republican state Sen. Ted Harvey was under investigation and that her department’s investigators believed the flyer violated the law.
Harvey is a broker for American Home Funding, which circulated the flyer.
Late Friday, division spokesman Chris Lines said Harvey “is not the subject of any investigation by the division.” He refused further comment.
Harvey said Monday he’s glad the division backed off its earlier statement.
Toll didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.
The flyers feature the Statue of Liberty and say, “Notice Type: FHA, Notice Type Code Number 12, Notice Urgency: HIGH.” and warns that “a call to action is required.” It has a notice in small print on the side that says it’s not a government document.
An accompanying letter tells recipients that FHA records indicate they have good credit that could make them eligible for FHA programs, and that the company is approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to handle applications.
Harvey said the notices are no different than those from other financial institutions.
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