Attorney Generla Goddard Urges Consumers to Sign-Up for National "Do Not Call" List

(Phoenix, AZ—June 27, 2003) Attorney General Terry Goddard today urged Arizonans to sign up for the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry. Arizona consumers can sign up for the Registry beginning today, June 27th. Consumers can register on the Federal Trade Commission website http://www.ftc.gov/donotcall or toll-free at 1-888-382-1222; for TTY call 1-866-290-4236. 

Phoenix Police Arrest Local Suspects in National Drug Distribution Ring

(Phoenix, AZ—June 24, 2003)  The Phoenix Police Department this morning served warrants and arrested four Arizonans, including an Arizona Cardinal player, as part of a major drug bust. 

Between August 2002 and February 2003, members of the Drug Enforcement Bureau Conspiracy Squad conducted numerous hours of surveillance and several search warrants, which resulted in the seizure of several hundred pounds of marijuana and large amounts of U.S. currency. 

Attorney General Terry Goddard Moves Forward with Gasoline Industry Research

(PHOENIX, AZ – June 20, 2003) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that his office will continue its gasoline fact-finding mission after sending approximately 2,200 surveys to gasoline retailers in Arizona.  

The surveys, sent to Arizona gasoline stations, request information on station ownership, gasoline supply,and pricing.  

Goddard said that he and his staff are pleased with the cooperation and response the office has received thus far from the gasoline retailers.  

States Reach $160 Million Settlement with Tobacco Companies

(Phoenix, AZ – June 19, 2003)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that Arizona will receive over $2.3 million from tobacco companies in a settlement of pending disputes over payments.  The bulk of the money will come from Brown & Williamson, the nation's third largest tobacco manufacturer.  The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement required all of the major tobacco companies to pay $206 billion to the states over the first 25 years of the agreement.   

Porti Indicted in Stealing Fish from Univ. of AZ Agricultural Center

(Phoenix, Arizona-June 16, 2003) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of Tony Lynn Porti, 52, for three counts of theft and one count of fraudulent scheme. Mr. Porti, a former aquaculture specialist for the University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Center, is accused of taking over $25,000 in fish raised at the Maricopa Agricultural Center using University of Arizona trucks, personnel and equipment to deliver the fish to customers who paid him. 

A yearlong investigation by the University of Arizona Police Department resulted in the indictment. 

AG Announces Indictment of Tucson Man on Fraud and Theft Charges

(Phoenix, Arizona, June 16, 2003) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today the indictment of Carl Arnal for four counts of theft and one count of fraud scheme.  

The indictment charges Arnal, 44, with stealing approximately $660,000 from clients, La Hermosa Church, Freeway Enterprises, Inc., Su Casa Produce, and Red Dog Rebuilders, through his business, Consortium of Public Adjusters. 

Attorney General Wins Age Discrimination Lawsuit

(Phoenix, AZ—June 12, 2003) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that the Superior Court has found that the Phoenix Union High School District discriminated against a group of older employees by paying them less money to substitute teach than younger employees. 

After a two-day trial in late January, 2003 and several post-trial hearings, the Court entered judgment in favor of the State. The judgment awards back pay to testifying employees, declares the pay scale discriminatory and requires the District to provide an equal pay rate in the future.