Residents Warned of Mail Theft


Issued 1/23/12 by John Schulz, Public Information Officer

The Northern Colorado Financial Crimes Task Force is currently investigating a significant identity theft and fraud case which has occurred in Northern Colorado.  The case was initiated by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office and through a close working relationship with Denver US Postal Inspectors, it has been determined that a number of residences in the area of Northwest Fort Collins, Rist Canyon, and Stove Prairie may have had their mail stolen.  With personal information obtained through the stolen mail, suspects are believed to have produced fraudulent financial and identification documents in the victims' names.  

The Northern Colorado Financial Crimes Task Force is asking residents in the affected areas to monitor their accounts through their financial institutions.  If you suspect your mail has been stolen or your financial accounts compromised, please contact Investigator Benjamin Hess with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office at (970) 498-5173.

State, local and federal law enforcement agencies in the region partnered to form the Northern Colorado Financial Crimes Task Force in 2010. The task force was developed in an effort to combine resources, expertise and experience to deal with the growing problem of financial crime. The task force meets every other week to address crimes involving identity theft, fraud and criminal financial loss. The task force has a core membership consisting of: Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, United States Secret Service, Fort Collins Police Services, Internal Revenue Service, Colorado State Probation Department, Loveland Police Department and civilian volunteers with specialized skills. 

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call Investigator Benjamin Hess of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-498-5173 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.  

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