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Scamming in the Springs

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A veterans’ group based in Colorado Springs is reeling after learning that its leader is an impostor. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Rick Duncan, who led the Colorado Veterans Alliance and claimed to be a former Marine who survived the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and the fighting in Iraq, is actually a man named Richard Glen Strandlof, a former psychiatric patient. Duncan/Strandlof was an inspiration to many wounded vets and others, as demonstrated by this profile from the Colorado Springs Independent, but alliance members discovered that he was in a Nevada mental hospital when he claimed to have been hurt in Fallujah. He’s now in jail while authorities investigate whether he stole any funds from the vets’ group. A scam of another stripe in the Springs has also come to light, writes INDenverTimes: Derek Roy Kent, 63, and Adam Kelepolo, 36, bilked investors out of more than $458,000 to supposedly finance Broadmoor Bluffs, a new Colorado Springs housing development, and a high-tech business campus in Larkspur. Instead, the men used the cash to pay off loans, restaurant tabs, and gambling losses.

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