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04/2004

14 Emission Testing Employees Indicted for Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 6, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced the indictment of 14 former emission testing employees for fraudulent schemes and practices and forgery.  Ruben Anselmo, Fabian E. Quintana, Victor Romo, Ramiro B. Serrano, Zadyamil Serrano, David C. Valencia, and Vincent Villalobos.  Seven defendants were served with court summons detailing the charges.  There are seven remaining indictments to be served. 

Attorney General Goddard Warns Seniors to Be Careful When Purchasing New Medicare Prescription Drug Cards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 30, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned seniors to be on the lookout for official-looking mailings from private companies promoting “Medicare-approved” discount cards.  Theofficial Medicare prescription drug discount cards will not be available until next week.  Reports have surfaced that some private companies are attempting to sell fraudulent cards purportedly approved by Medicare.   

Adkisson Pleads Guilty for Defrauding Immigrants

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 28, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today the plea agreement with John Alden Adkisson, a retired official with the former U.S.Immigration and Naturalization Service, who pled guilty to fraud, a class 3 felony, for defrauding immigrants.  Adkisson promised to provide immigration assistance to more than 20 victims.  He was paid more than $70,000 for services they never received.  

The plea agreement includes a five-year probation term, nine months of which will be served in jail.  He also will pay $73,480 in restitution.

Scam Alert: Spanish Lottery

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 28, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonans a Spanish Lottery scam.  Letters have been sent to Phoenix area residents notifying them that they have won a Spanish lottery prize of more than $1 million.  This is a scam, and residents should not respond tothis letter.

Attorney General Terry Goddard Joins 19 Attorney Generals to Settle Deceptive Trade Practices Claims Against Medco Health Solutions

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 26, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced an historic settlement with Medco, the largest pharmacy benefit management company in the United States for violating state deceptive practices laws. 

National Victims' Rights Week April 18 – 25, 2004

National Victims’ Rights Week 
April 18 – 25, 2004 

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 16, 2004)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will join the Governor’s Office, Arizona state agencies, local police departments, criminal justice/victim advocacy agencies and the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Office will join to commemorate National Victims’ Rights Week in various events throughout the week: 

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