Sheriff's Office Makes Arrest in Years Long Fraud Investigation

Nov 16, 2021 - 10:20am

In March of 2019, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into a report of the theft of a large sum of money from the trust fund of former local resident Larry Ochs who passed away 
in 2003.  The investigation determined that, starting around 2012 and continuing for several years, a trustee for this fund unlawfully removed varying amounts of money from the trust totaling over $700,000.
As a result of this investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Craig Ochs, DOB: 8/20/1981, for the charges of Theft (a Class 3 Felony), Money Laundering (a Class 3 Felony), Attempt to Influence a Public Official (a Class 4 Felony), and Forgery (a Class 5 Felony).  Craig Ochs is a grandson of Larry Ochs.
On November 8, 2021, Craig Ochs was arrested in Denton County, Texas on this warrant.  He is currently out of custody on bond and awaiting his first court appearance.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the officers of the Trophy Club Police Department in Texas for their assistance in locating and arresting Craig.  

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Office of the Sheriff

27 East Vermijo Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States

719-520-7100 / 719-390-5555 (after hours)

El Paso County Jail

2739 East Las Vegas Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
United States