(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 27, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard today commended a court decision that suspends the trustees and effectively freezes the assets of the United Effort Plan (UEP) trust in the nation's largest polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border. The trust controls property and assets, estimated to total more than $100 million, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale. Utah. The suspended trustees include FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 26, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced two settlements that could result in more than $450,000 in debt forgiveness to 10 Arizona victims still being required to make payments on a telecommunications device that is worthless.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 26, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard today called on the Arizona Congressional delegation to help protect Arizona residents from identity theft by removing Social Security numbers from Medicare, Veteran’s and Department of Defense cards. Goddard shared his letter with seniors at the Desert West Senior Center in West Phoenix.
“Action to remove these numbers is seriously overdue,” Goddard said. “Keeping them on Medicare cards is doing identity thieves a big favor.”
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2005) The State Grand Jury today issued a felony indictment against Apache County Sheriff Brian Hounshell. He is charged with two counts of misuse of public monies, one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices and one count of theft.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office into allegations that Hounshell misappropriated from Apache County more than $8,000 in public monies and equipment for his own personal use or benefit between 2000 and 2004.
A copy of the indictment is attached.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Jennifer Elizabeth Johnson, 41, and her husband Philip Wayne Johnson, 37, were sentenced to seven years supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution in an abuse case involving Jennifer Johnson’s grandmother and her trust fund. Additionally, Jennifer Johnson was ordered to forfeit all benefits with respect to her grandmother’s estate.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 25, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard is joining a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of two journalists facing jail sentences for refusing to disclose confidential sources.
The case stems from a grand jury investigation into who revealed the identity of CIA official Valerie Plame two years ago. She was first named by Robert Novak in his syndicated newspaper column. Disclosing an undercover intelligence officer's name can be a federal crime.
Terry Goddard's Office Serves Search Warrant, Obtains Financial Records of Colorado City School District
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 24, 2005) The Arizona Attorney General’s Office today served a criminal search warrant on the Colorado City Unified School District, taking custody of boxes of financial records, other documents and computer equipment.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 20, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced its partnership with several local law enforcement agencies to further reduce youth access to tobacco in Arizona.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office conducts undercover investigations throughout Arizona with the help of local police officers, checking retailers to determine their compliance with state laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors. During the investigations, youth volunteers pose as typical teenage customers and attempt to purchase cigarettes from the retailer.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 18, 2005) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will present Phoenix Children’s Hospital with $70,000 to support the hospital’s efforts to provide medication and treatment to low income children who suffer from asthma. The presentation will be held at Ignacio Conchos Elementary School where the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Breathmobile will be hosting a clinic. The event will be held on Monday – May 23 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
(Phoenix, AZ) Attorney General Terry Goddard today advised Arizona residents to beware of a variety of cyber scams called "phishing" and "pharming."
"ID thieves are becoming more sophisticated in their schemes," Goddard said. "It is important for Arizonans to understand these scams and protect themselves when using the Internet."
Phishing - What is it and how does it work?
"Phishing" refers to the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to individuals for the purpose of identity theft.