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When the story was first reported in early September that scammers had sought to defraud Colorado of as much as $1.25 billion from the Pandemic Unemployment Help program, the quantity appeared prefer it was a typo. Greater than a billion {dollars} and about 73,000 fraudulent claims, simply in Colorado?
The numbers have been correct and indicative of simply how widespread the tried fraud was. Though the Colorado Division of Labor and Employment was profitable in warding off many of the theft, the query remained: Who was behind such huge graft?
Reporter Aldo Svaldi talked to safety consultants and an image started to emerge of coordinated assaults on the system by subtle cybercrime rings, usually utilizing stolen identities claimed off of the darkish internet that ended up there through earlier information breaches. If that isn’t jarring sufficient, some scammers more and more don’t must steal an id — they’ll make one up.
Svaldi’s report shines a light-weight on the issue companies can have getting monetary help into the arms of the oldsters who want it. However it additionally illuminates that the place there are massive caches of cash, there might be aspiring criminals in entrance of laptop terminals around the globe intent on stealing what they’ll.
— Donovan Henderson, The Denver Put up 
Stolen identities set stage for unemployment scams in Colorado and elsewhere
Screenshot of Colorado’s unemployment web site.

5 don’t-miss tales from final week
A plot of land given to Denver City Gardens for $1 to accommodate a group backyard might be bought to builders for $1.2 million
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostGardeners from left to proper Andy Karsian, Mandy Miller, Patrick Griffith, Julie Kinamore, and Monica Martin, proper, stand close to their plots of land within the El Oasis Group Backyard in Denver on Sept. 21, 2020. The place they’re all standing might be demolished as soon as the gardens are bought to builders who plan to construct duplexes on the location.
Alan Olds is extra accustomed to nurturing issues than preventing them. As a former backyard chief and member at El Oasis Group Backyard for the final 5 years, he has helped dozens of Decrease Highland residents discover and domesticate plots on the roughly 22,000-square-foot inexperienced house at 1847 W. 35th Ave.
That modified when he bought a shock name from Violeta Garcia, then-executive director of Denver City Gardens, the primary week of September. Learn Extra…

As ex-judge faces doable jail time, those that appeared in his Greeley courtroom surprise why his judgements stand
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostAmanda Harmon poses for a portrait in Crimson Feather Lakes on Sept. 16, 2020.
For many of her life, Amanda Harmon believed the courts have been honest and simply.
Save for a number of traffic-related situations, Harmon had hardly ever handled authorized points. A courtroom didn’t give her nervousness. It didn’t give her concern.
However her entire notion of justice modified after her time in Decide Ryan Kamada’s Greeley courtroom.
“I knew straight away he was crooked,” Harmon stated. “There was one thing corrupt and vile about him.” Learn Extra…

Colorado governor to mass-pardon 2,700-plus marijuana convictions
David Zalubowski, The Related PressColorado Governor Jared Polis wears a face overlaying as he listens to different audio system throughout a information convention concerning the state’s efforts towards the the brand new coronavirus Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Denver.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis plans to mass-pardon 2,732 convictions of low-level marijuana possession by means of an government order Thursday after signing a invoice earlier this 12 months that gave him that authority. Learn Extra…

Colorado sued over limits on measurement of non secular gatherings throughout pandemic
David Zalubowski, The Related PressColorado Gov. Jared Polis talks about how the state is working to include the brand new coronavirus throughout a information convention Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Denver.
A authorized group representing Andrew Wommack Ministries sued Gov. Jared Polis on Monday in an effort to halt Colorado’s COVID-19 public well being orders that restrict the dimensions of non secular and different gatherings forward of a convention the Woodland Park ministry is holding subsequent week.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court docket in Denver, asks for a brief restraining order and preliminary injunction towards a number of public well being orders issued by state officers in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn Extra…

President Trump stated to be bettering however subsequent 48 hours “important”
Susan Walsh, The Related PressDr. Sean Conley, doctor to President Donald Trump, briefs reporters at Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Heart in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.
President Donald Trump went by means of a “very regarding” interval Friday and faces a “important” subsequent two days in his combat towards COVID-19 at a navy hospital, his chief of employees stated Saturday — in distinction to a rosier evaluation moments earlier by Trump docs, who took pains to not reveal the president had acquired supplemental oxygen on the White Home earlier than his hospital admission.
Trump provided his personal evaluation Saturday night in a video from Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Heart, saying he was starting to really feel higher and hoped to “be again quickly.” Learn Extra…

Picture of the week
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Andy Cross, The Denver PostBlake Baggett, #4, on track in the course of the 450 Moto #1 for the Lucas Oil AMA Professional Motocross Championship 2020 Thunder Valley Nationwide at Thunder Valley Park Oct. 3, 2020.

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