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05/2004

Important New Consumer Information on Prescription Drugs Releases

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 5, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced a new tooltoday for Arizona residents searching for best prices on prescription drugs.  This website is an outgrowth of the Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Report also released today, and provides residents with information on pharmacies within their neighborhoods. This locator also provides a price range from low to high for commonly purchased prescription drugs. 

These tools provide consumers with the information needed to negotiate the lowest price possible for prescription drugs.  

Attorney General Applauds Passage of HB2091 - Human Smuggling Bill

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 26, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard applauded the passage of HB2091 by the Arizona legislature.  The legislation is an effort to curtail the human smuggling activity in Arizona. 

Currently, Arizona is experiencing a rising number of extortion incidents, kidnappings and home invasions as a result of human smuggling/coyote activities.  It is estimated that more than $320 million per year is transacted in Phoenix alone to pay for coyote activity.  Some groups can make $40,000 in a week. 

Scam Alert: New and Used Vehicle Sales and Leases - Spot Delivery

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizona consumers not to fall victim of “spot-delivery” when going to purchase a new or used car.  Spot-delivery is a predatory lending practice that occurs when the dealer delivers possession of a vehicle to a customer, on the spot, before financing has been approved.  

Many times when dealers provide spot delivery, important financing terms in the contract are left blank, and the dealer is free to enter terms that are detrimental to the consumer.

Slamming and Cramming Rules Approved

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 21, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today approved the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Slamming and Cramming rules.  These rules are intended to protect consumers of wired telecommunication services from unauthorized charges and unauthorized changes to the consumer's services. 

“These rules will provide consumers an additional level of protection from phone companies charging for services the customer has not order or for unauthorized switches without permission from the customer,” Goddard said.   

Attorney General's Office Settles with Unified School District

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 18, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced asettlement with Ganado Unified School District No. 20 for improperly procured construction projects.  In a complaint filed with the Apache County Superior Court, district officials allegedly violated Arizona procurement laws from April 2000 to July 2000 when they failed to use competitive sealed bidding for construction contracts.  

Suspect Arrested for Inpersonating NFL Football Player

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 14, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced the arrest this week of Darryl Brandon Nolan for attempting to impersonate NFL San Francisco 49ers player Brandon Whiting.

Nolan attempted to purchase two homes in the Valley using Whiting’s identity, and signing several documents related to these transactions.  These charges are the result of a week-long joint investigation with the Attorney General’s Office and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, ending with Nolan’s arrest this week.

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