Owens signs multiple crime bills | SummitDaily.com

Owens signs multiple crime bills

DENVER – Gov. Bill Owens signed five bills Tuesday designed to crack down on sexually violent predators, identification theft and mortgage fraud.One requires that sexually violent predators be identified before they are released from prison, that they register after release and that communities be notified of their presence.Two bills define identity theft as a crime and create an Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Board in the Department of Public Safety to investigate and prosecute such cases.Another sets a minimum fine of $75,000 for mortgage fraud, puts the crime under the jurisdiction of both the attorney general and district attorneys and requires all plea agreements to include restitution.The fifth measure requires transactions between homeowners and foreclosure consultants or equity purchasers be put in writing, prohibits consultants from acquiring any interest in a homeowner’s property and calls for a three-day “cooling off” period before an equity purchaser transfers control of a homeowner’s property.Owens said he will sign a bill this week that broadens the definition of child abuse to include parents or guardians whose children are present when methamphetamine is manufactured. The bill also creates a state methamphetamine task force.

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