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08/2004

ADEQ Director Owens, Attorney General Goddard Announce Consent Judgement for City of El Mirage

PHOENIX (Aug. 26, 2004) – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens and Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a consent judgment with the City of El Mirage that requires significant improvements to the City’s wastewater collection and treatment operations.  The action stems from a 2002 discharge of untreated wastewater into the Agua Fria River.  

Vibo Joins Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 23, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Vibo Corporation of Miami, Florida has joined the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (“MSA”) as a participating manufacturer.  Vibo, also known as General Tobacco, sells a number of cigarette brands such as Bronco, GT One, Silver and Champion.  Arizona’s share of this agreement will be about $25 million over the next 10 years under current market conditions.

Attorney General and County Attorney Decline Investigation of Scottsdale Police Department

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 20, 2004)  The Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office have declined to conduct an investigation concerning allegations of improper conduct by Scottsdale Police Department employees contained in a July 15 anonymous letter forwarded to both agencies. 

Department of Gaming Employee Indicted for accepting Bribe / Second Defendany Indicted for Bribery, Computer Tampering, Fraud and Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 18, 2004)  Daniel A. Muller, a former financial investigator with the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG), and Joaquin Franco Perez, were indicted by the State Grand Jury on one count of Bribery of a Public Officer.  At the time of the incident, Muller was employed by the ADG.

Terry Goddard Expands Lawsuit Against Second Chance Body Armor

(Phoenix, Ariz. –August 17, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard has filed an amended complaint against bulletproof vest manufacturer Second Chance Body Armor to allege that the company knew the vests manufactured with “Zylon®” fibers being worn by law enforcement officers were rapidly deteriorating, but failed to warn the officers of the problem. The amendment is based on information discovered by the State since the original complaint was filed earlier this year.  

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