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11/2005

*** Consumer Advisory *** Shoppers Should Check Fees, Expiration Dates on Gift Cards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 22, 2005)  Can’t find a gift for that special someone who has everything?  A gift card could be the right choice. Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded consumers to be aware that many cards come with fees and expiration dates. 

A new law requires that paper (but not plastic) gift cards sold after October 31, 2005,disclose any fees and expiration dates on the front of each card.  The law requires any gift card subject to an expiration date or fee to have a printed disclosure visible to the consumer before the purchase.

*** Consumer Advisory *** Terry Goddard Urges Shoppers to Make Sure Prices Are Accurate

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Nov. 23, 2005) As the holiday shopping season moves into high gear, Attorney General Terry Goddard today encouraged consumers to check the prices they pay at checkout counters in light of studies that have shown retailers often ring up wrong numbers. 

Federal law requires retailers to maintain a 98 percent price scanning accuracy rate, which amounts to one error in every 50 items purchased.  But many stores far exceed that error rate, according to annual studies by Arizona's Department of Weights and Measures.

Maryanne Chisholm Sentenced to More Than 31 Years in Prison

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 23, 2005)  Tucson resident Maryanne Chisholm, 40, was sentenced to 31.75 years in prison following her conviction on 58 criminal charges.  The charges included 54 counts of selling unregulated securities, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and three counts of fraud.  Chisholm was also ordered to pay more than $21 million in restitution. 

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