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08/2005

Certified Nursing Assistant Sentenced for Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 19, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the sentencing of Charlene Elizabeth Sowles, 31, of Phoenix, who pleaded guilty to one count Theft.

Sowles was indicted by the State Grand Jury in April on several counts of theft and fraud.  She worked for a Phoenix area nurse registry that served the Sun City area. While working at a Sun City nursing home, Sowles stole and cashed checks belonging to two residents.  She also made unauthorized charges on their credit cards.  

Nurse Imposter Is Sentenced

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 19, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the sentencing of Mildreada Ruiz (aka Nidia Bernal or Nidia Arias) of Phoenix. Ruiz, 46, pleaded guilty to one count Theft.

Ruiz impersonated a registered nurse and was hired by a Phoenix dialysis center, Davita, Inc. and a Casa Grande dialysis center in Casa Grande between September 2004 and November 2004. The defendant searched the Arizona State Board of Nursing Web site, took the identity of one of the nurses listed and obtained picture identificationsusing that name.

Third Mendez-Cañez Brother Found Guilty on Drug Trafficking Charges

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 19, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the guilty verdict of Ernesto Mendez-Cañez, 36, for drug trafficking and other charges. This August 17 guilty verdict, delivered by a Pima County Superior Court jury, completes the prosecution of three brothers considered to be major drug and weapons offenders by federal and state authorities.  

Attorneys General from U.S. and Mexico Will Discuss Border Issues

(Phoenix, Ariz. - August 24, 2005)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will host attorneys general from the 10 Border States in the U.S. and Mexico to the 22nd Annual Border Attorneys General Conference September 7 through 9.

The six Mexican and four American Border States will participate in the three-day meetingthrough their top law enforcement officials. Federal and local law enforcement officials who work on border issues will also participate.

Attorney General Seizes $101 Million, Asks Court to Determine Rightful Owners

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 30, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the seizure of $101 million that may belong to Bayou Management, a Connecticut-based hedge fund firm. The company has recently come under investigation by state and federal authorities for the apparent disappearance of $440 million in assets. 

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