Colorado jury indicts 12 for fraud, illegal medical marijuana operation

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DENVER — The owner of a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary and 11 others have been indicted on 71 charges including securities fraud and forgery, according to the Colorado attorney general’s office.

Conley Hoskins, 34, Dallan Dirkmaat, 37, Brenden Joyce, 33, as well as several of Hoskins’ business partners, including a lawyer, a doctor, and a marijuana-grower are facing charges including racketeering, marijuana cultivation and distribution, money laundering and tax evasion.

All 12 are also being charged with attempting to influence a public servant, according to the 65-page indictment.

“These individuals stole money from their investors to pay off personal debts and hid their illicit proceeds from law enforcement and taxing authorities and illegally expanded their medical marijuana production capabilities,” said Deputy Attorney General Matthew Durkin.

Hoskins owns three different dispensaries including All Care Wellness Centers in Lakewood, Jane Medicals, and Higher Health Medical in Denver. He allegedly used investor funds to run his illegal grow operations in Adams, Denver and Larimer Counties.

The indictment alleges that Hoskins and his partners had an elaborate pattern of racketeering that began in January 2008.

“The first red flag that something was askew came from the careful oversight of Colorado’s Department of Revenue,” Durkin said.

Hoskins, Dirkmaat and Krause are accused of engaging in a scheme to buy, sell, deal, cultivate and distribute medical marijuana in Colorado and at least one other state.

Dirkmaat is Hoskins’ lawyer, according to the indictment.

Others being charged include: 33-year-old Brenden Joyce, 62-year-old David Krause, 40-year-old Kurt Criter, 23-year-old Carlos Meza, 22-year-old Yesenia Melendez,33-year-old Ryan Tripp, 37-year-old Dialyne Parker and 26-year-old Audra Wimer.