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07/2004

Mexican Court Finds Phoenix Murder Suspect Guilty

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 2, 2004)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today the conviction of Pedro Santana Cortes for the 1998 murder of Arturo Banuelos Escalante. Cortes shot and killed Escalante outside of the "El Torito" restaurant located at the Phoenix Metrocenter shopping mall.

On May 30, 1998, Cortes began to argue with the victim over a financial dispute. Cortes pulled a handgun and shot Escalante in the head, killing him. Cortes left the scene and fled to Mexico.

Judge Finds Promaj Guilty of Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 29, 2004) Paul Promaj, the manager of a Southern Arizona medical transportation contractor called Angel Transport will be sentenced on August 26th, 2004 for his role in a mileage scheme designed to collect money from three AHCCSS (Arizona Health Cost Containment System) contractors.

Cochise County Superior Court Presiding Judge Thomas Collins found Promaj guilty of one count Fraud Schemes and Artifices, two counts of Theft, two counts of Money Laundering and three counts of Forgery for turning in false mileage claims and inflating mileage.    

Former Indian Health Services Employee Indicted for Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 22, 2004)  Barney Joseph Ahgoon will be arraigned July 26 in Maricopa County Superior.  The 12 felony counts handed down from the Arizona State Grand Jury include one count Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, one count Theft, one count Attempted Theft and nine counts Forgery for allegedly embezzling over $700,000 from Indian Health Services, his former employer. 

Terry Gopddard to Meet with the Department of Energy, Responds to FTC Gasoline Letter

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 21, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard will meet with Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Mark Maddox and Deputy Assistant Secretary Howard Gruenstecht on July 23 to discuss gasoline issues affecting Arizona and Western States consumers.  Friday’s meeting agenda will include the following topics:

Yuri Downing Indicted

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 19, 2004)  The Arizona State Grand Jury indicted Yurikino Cenit (Yuri) Downing on six felony charges:  one count of Fraudulent Scheme and Artifice, four counts of Perjury and one count of Theft.  The indictment was handed down on July 14, 2004.

U.S. District Court Rejects Preliminary Injuction Motion Challenging Constitutionality of Clean Elections Act

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 9, 2004)   Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that a U.S. District Court denied a motion for preliminary injunction that challenged the constitutionality of Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Act.   

Arizona voters approved the Clean Elections Act in 1998 in an effort to diminish the influence of special interest money, to encourage citizen participation in the political process, and to promote freedom of speech under the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions. 

Arizona Files Lawsuit Against Honeywell for Concealing Data of Releases of Its 34th Street Facility

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 9, 2004)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that his office filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality against aerospace giant Honeywell International, Inc. for concealing key environmental information regarding its engine testing facility located at 111 S. 34th Street in Phoenix.  

ADEQ Director Owens, Attorney General Goddard Announce $90,000 Fine for Flagstaff Facility

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 2, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard and ADEQ Director Steve Owens today announced a settlement with Delaware-based W.L. Gore & Associates for $90,000 after its Flagstaff facility was cited for numerous hazardous waste rules violations in 2003.  The facility manufactured a number of products, including medical devices, industrial, fabric and electronic products.