Colorado business licensing vulnerable to fraud

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9Wants to Know exposed a scheme to get COVID relief money through 33 bogus businesses. The culprit used the Secretary of State’s website to revive entities on paper.

DENVER — A former white-collar crime investigator told 9NEWS he isn’t surprised COVID-19 relief scams have involved the business licensing system on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

“I would say that in Colorado, it’s really, really easy to do. And it’s really easy to do if you tell a lie to a computer. Nobody checks,” said John Henderson who now runs a private investigation firm. 

Henderson worked as an investigator for more than 30 years in the federal government, including in the Department of Homeland Security. He took a look at 9Wants to Know findings related to…

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