ACLU questions massive ID theft case in Greeley

Howard Pankratz reports:

A probe of one of the biggest identity theft cases in Colorado history will be undertaken by two grand juries although the ACLU of Colorado says it is “highly likely” it will challenge the legality of the investigation.

The grand jury probe stems from the seizure last October of 4,900 tax files from Amalia’s Translation and Tax Service in Greeley by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

After a search warrant was approved by Weld County District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow, the tax service was raided on Oct. 17.


In a letter to Klein, [Colorado ACLU legal director Mark] Silverstein said it is “highly likely” that the ACLU will file a civil lawsuit on behalf of Cerrillo seeking the return or destruction of copies of the materials seized from her business.

“We are concerned about what appears to be an illegal search and seizure and an illegal invasion of the constitutional rights not only of Amalia but also her 5,000 clients and customers,” said Silverstein.

“I’m referring to the search and seizure of the 49 boxes of files and all of her computers, all of the hard drives, all of the CDs and all of the floppy discs,” Silverstein added.

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