The Colorado Attorney General's office announced this week that a 37-year-old man has been found guilty of running an elaborate car theft ring, stealing money and deceiving state Department of Revenue personnel. Here are the details.
* Jason Hemingway was convicted in Arapahoe District Court of 10 felony counts, the attorney general's office stated. Those counts involve theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, ID theft and attempting to influence a public servant.
* Hemingway began in 2004 "what would become a pattern of auto theft mostly targeting '90s-era Hondas," the attorney general's office reported, in which he fraudulently obtained vehicle titles from the Colorado Department of Revenue and then attached those titles to stolen cars by swapping the vehicle identification number.
* Hemingway then sold the cars, stealing approximately $50,000 worth of cars and money before his actions were discovered in 2010.
* An Aurora police detective assigned to the Eastern Metro Auto Theft Team discovered Hemingway's actions and the investigation was conducted through efforts by the Aurora Police Department, the Eastern Metro Auto Theft Team, the Attorney General's Auto Theft Unit and the Colorado Department of Revenue.
* According to the indictment, Hemingway was also a habitual criminal with previous Arapahoe County convictions for providing false information on a sex offender registration, attempt to commit aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession/sale of a schedule II controlled substance, first-degree criminal trespass and possession of burglary tools, second-degree burglary, and second-degree sexual assault. Those convictions date back to 1994 through 2005.
* The indictment also charges Jennifer Avila, Julietta Chase and Filomena Hemingway as participants in Hemingway's auto theft ring.
* According to the attorney general's office, Hemingway faces two to six years in prison or a $500,000 fine for each felony count in which he was convicted. Sentencing is at the discretion of the Court.
* Both the Attorney General's Auto Theft Unit and the Eastern Metro Auto Theft Team are funded through the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority.
* The Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority was created in 2003 by the Colorado General Assembly to provide grants to assist in improving and supporting automobile theft prevention programs and the enforcement or prosecution of automobile theft crimes in the state.
* The authority is funded through gifts, grants and donations from private and public sources, as well as a biannual fee collected when insurers issue a motor vehicle policy.
* According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the 1995 Honda Accord and the 1998 Honda Civic rank as the most frequently stolen vehicles in Colorado.
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