Worst Denver Contractors of 2009
Terry Paul Dorman | Denver
Terry Paul Dorman, a 63-year-old Denver man who’s accused of scamming at least eight victims by posing as a certified public accountant and tax lawyer, received a 10-year prison sentence in September after pleading guilty to felony charges of theft, identity theft, securities fraud and tax evasion.
A judge also ordered Dorman to pay more than $150,000 in restitution.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says Dorman used clients’ personal information to open several lines of credit with various banks and credit card companies.
He also falsely prepared tax returns, diverted refunds to his own bank account and failed to pay taxes on several businesses he owned or managed in the Denver area.
Dorman was not licensed in the state as an accountant or an attorney as required by law. His court-appointed attorney, Kathleen Sinnott McGuire, did not return calls.
Lyons Towing & Recovery LLC | Denver
A judge ordered Lyons Towing & Recovery LLC in July to pay $4,111.25 in civil penalties and refunds to several customers for illegally towing their vehicles.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission, which regulates towing companies in the state, received 79 complaints about the company in the last five years, says media spokesman Terry Bote.
“Lyons violated how the tows could be performed, but the bottom line is that the customers did often park in no parking zones,” Bote says.
Consumers such as Cynthia Stegall and Melody Eichorn complained that Lyons’ tow truck drivers ignored pleas to release their vehicles if they paid the $64 drop fee, according to court documents.
Instead, the drivers directed them to Lyons’ tow yard, where they were charged $200 or more.
In 2008, the commission charged the company’s owner, Randy Lyons, with three unauthorized towing violations and fined him $2,200.
Neither Lyons nor his attorney responded to interview requests.
— reporting by Leslie Benson