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Glenwood prosecutor wins award for welfare fraud trial

Staff Report

Jul 15, 2019

Glenwood Springs native Zachary Parsons was recently awarded the 2019 State of Colorado Welfare Fraud Council Prosecutor of the Year for his work with the 9th District Attorney’s Office. 

According to a press release from the DA’s Office, Parsons received the award for his work on a complex Medicaid fraud prosecution case, in which a jury found the accused guilty of theft between $20,000 and $100,000.

The Garfield County Department of Human Services nominated Parsons for the award, noting his diligence and close working relationship with fraud investigators.

“Parsons and the Department of Human Services investigator’s excellent teamwork leading up to and during a five-day jury trial resulted in successful prosecution of the crimes of theft of limited and valuable hard-earned tax payer funds,” according to the release.

Parsons is a deputy district attorney in District Court for the 9th Judicial District. He grew up in Glenwood Springs. 

“Parsons is an integral member of the District Attorney’s Office and a valuable member of our local community as a volunteer coach for the Glenwood Spring High School’s Mock Trial Team, and a local rafter,” according to the release.

The Colorado Welfare Fraud Council is a nonprofit organization of public employees that works to detect and prevent fraud in public assistance programs.

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