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Wed February 2, 2011
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Weld County to Appeal Operation Number Games Ruling

The Weld County District Attorney’s office is appealing a December ruling that put an end to Operation Number Games, a crackdown on illegal immigration and identity theft based off tax records.

A lawyer filed a notice of appeal on behalf of Weld County DA Ken Buck and Sheriff John Cooke on January 31. At issue is a civil court case initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on behalf of Amalia Cerillo, a Greeley tax preparer.

A judge issued a temporary injunction that put a stop to efforts last April, and in December that ruling became permanent.

DA Ken Buck told the Greeley Tribune that the county stopped using the tax files in 2009 after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in a separate criminal case that Operation Number Games was illegal.

Weld County District Attorney Buck declined to comment on the recent notice of appeal. Opening briefs in the case will likely start in early summer.

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