Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler thought he had dodged a bullet when a neighbor confronted Gessler with a deceptive but official-looking letter asking for $225 to file a report that normally costs $10 with his office.
But that was before Gessler checked his own mailbox and found the same letter.
Last week, The Denver Post reported that the secretary of state’s office had notified Colorado businesses of a possible deceptive solicitation issued by a “corporate controllers unit” offering to file periodic reports with Gessler’s office for a whopping $225.
“Getting that letter in the mail was like telling the postmaster general that you’ll mail a letter for him first class for $50,” Gessler said. “I can tell you that folks in my neighborhood weren’t happy about that mailing.”
The secretary of state’s office has broadcast the alert throughout the business community, and has notified the Colorado attorney general and U.S. postal inspector.
“Awareness is the best tool to prevent people from being victimized,” Gessler said. “These kinds of deceptive mailings create unnecessary confusion. We’ve taken great strides to create a user- friendly, efficient system to file these reports online directly at sos.state.co.us.”
Real estate queen crowned.
Move over Edie Marks and Dee Chirafisi, there’s a new real estate queen in town.
Karen Frisone, owner of K.O. Real Estate in Westminster, claimed the crown for the highest individual sales volume and “sides,” real estate speak for transactions, during the Denver Board of Realtors 2010 Roundtable of Excellence Awards on Friday.
Frisone, who opened K.O. in the late 1980s, sold $41,312,666 in volume and completed 256 transactions last year. The second- place finisher logged $3.1 million less in volume and 96 fewer sides than Frisone.
As the light at the end of the tax-time tunnel starts to shine, Morton’s The Steakhouse locations in LoDo and the Denver Tech Center want to reward certified public accountants, the unsung heroes of the tax season.
Morton’s is designating April 18 as CPA Appreciation Day, where CPAs will have the chance to “file” for a complimentary three-course steak and seafood dinner for two.
The dinner, valued at $109.99 and good through April 30, will be given to one CPA and a guest. If you’re a “taxed” CPA, call Morton’s downtown at 303-825-3353 or the DTC restaurant at 303-409-1177 before April 17.
One winning CPA will be randomly selected and notified by phone on tax day (April 18). The winner must bring in proof that he or she is a CPA.
Classically trained French chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife and business partner, Krissy, will swing by Biker Jim’s new digs on Larimer and 22nd Street from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to concoct Ludo’s take on American cuisine for Ludo Bites America, a new TV series premiering on the Sundance Channel this summer. Reservations: 720-746-9355.
Gotta dance? Gotta sing?
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is holding auditions for singers, dancers and character performers on Wednesday at Lanay Dance and Yoga, 720 Village Center Drive in landlocked Colorado Springs.
Dancers sign in at 9:15 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. audition; singers sign in at 1:15 p.m. for a 1:45 p.m. audition. More details: 719-599-5510 or click on auditions at royalcaribbeanproductions.com.
Two women at the Big Game bar after the Rockies home opener:
“Ah, spring, when you see how many Americans are overweight and poorly dressed.”
Penny Parker’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Hear her on “Caplis Silverman” between 4 and 5 p.m. Fridays on KHOW-630 AM. Call her at 303-954-5224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article source: http://www.denverpost.com/pennyparker/ci_17807083