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06/2005

Terry Goddard Files Fraud Suit Against Virtual Realty

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 2, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard and Bank Superintendent Richard Houseworth today filed suit against Virtual Realty Company, Virtual Realty Funding Company, and their owner Kenneth D. Perkins, alleging the companies misled homeowners into signing over their homes.  The company’s Tucson agent, James Busche, was also named in the lawsuit.

Terry Goddard Calls on CardSystems Solutions, Inc. To Notify Consumers Affected by Security Breach

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 28, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today called on Tucsonbased CardSystems Solutions, Inc., to immediately notify any Arizona consumers whose information may have been stolen following a recent security breach.  

Goddard joined 44 state attorneys general as well as the attorneys general representing the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico in a letter calling for notification.

Goddard Appointed Co-Chair of Consumer Protection Committee

(Phoenix, Ariz. - June 24, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard was appointed co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Consumer Protection Committee during the association’s recent summer meeting held in Montana.

Goddard will co-chair this committee with North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and their focus for the year will include identity theft, cyber fraud, gas overcharges, and other scams.  Goddard was appointed by incoming NAAG president Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter.

State Board of Education to Consider Revoking Teaching License

(Phoenix, Ariz. - June 22, 2005)  An advisory committee has recommended to the State Board of Education that the teaching license for Jeffrey French be revoked. French is currently not employed by a school district, but was a teacher at Phoenix Preparatory Academy from 1992 to 2004.  The recommendation follows a hearing held on June 21 before the Professional Practices Advisory Committee (PPAC), which advises the State board on issues related to teacher conduct.

Terry Goddard Sues Over Vehicle Sublease Scheme

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 20, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard has filed suit against U.S. Auto Management Corporation of Phoenix and its affiliated offices located in Cave Creek, Glendale, Mesa, and Scottsdale, as well as a spin-off company, Auto Payment Solutions.  The suit alleges the companies engaged in a vehicle sublease rescue scheme that often harmed car owners and lessees financially and damaged their credit.  

Arizona Bar Association Recognizes Two Assistant Attorneys General

(Tucson, Ariz. – June 17, 2005)  The Arizona Bar Association today awarded the Distinguished Public Lawyer Award to Assistant Attorney General Cameron H. Holmes and the Public Lawyer Career Achievement Award to Assistant Attorney General Billie A. Rosen.  The awards were presented at a luncheon held at the annual State Bar Convention in Tucson.

Distinguished Public Lawyer Award

The Distinguished Public Lawyer Award is given to an Arizona lawyer who has had a distinguished career in public and has performed other significant community service.

Attorney General’s Office to Open Sedona Satellite Office

(Phoenix, Ariz. – revised June 10, 1005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the opening of the newest community Satellite Office, which will be housed at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Sedona, through the Northern Arizona Interfaith project.  The office will open Friday, June 10 at 9 a.m.

The Attorney General’s Office has satellite offices throughout Arizona to provide residents with convenient locations where they can visit to file discrimination or consumer fraud complaints.  The satellite offices are staffed by volunteers trained to take complaints.

Goddard Commends Indictment of Warren Jeffs

(Phoenix, Ariz. - June 10, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard today commended Mojave County officials for obtaining an indictment of Warren S. Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints in Colorado City, Ariz. 

The indictment included one count of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. Both charges are Class 6 felonies. The Mohave County Attorney’s office has primary jurisdiction in prosecuting this case.

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