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03/2006

Terry Goddard to Keynote Fair Housing Workshop

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 31, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard will keynote the 2006 Arizona Fair Housing Partnership workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 20, beginning at 9 a.m. The workshop, entitled “Fair Housing in the Real World, An Advanced Legal Seminar,” will be held at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road in Tempe.

This year’s workshop will feature discrimination vignettes based on Arizona fair housing cases. A panel of government, nonprofit and housing industry representatives will discuss the cases, as well as take comments from the audience.

Terry Goddard Announces Agreement with CVS to Curb Tobacco Sales to Minors

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 15, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced an agreement with CVS Pharmacy Inc., the country’s largest drug store chain, to implement new procedures to reduce sales of tobacco products to minors. The agreement affects more than 5,400 stores in 34 states, including all 58 stores in Arizona.

"Every day that we keep a child from smoking is a public health victory,” Goddard said. “CVS joins the growing list of retailers who have demonstrated their commitment to keeping kids healthy in Arizona and across the country."

Drug and Stolen Credit Card Ring Defendants Indicted

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 17, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictments of 12 members of a stolen credit card and drug trafficking operation shut down two weeks ago.

The State Grand Jury indictments allege the defendants’ operation was organized to sell marijuana and methamphetamine. They also are accused of using stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards and then selling those cards for cash.

The State Grand Jury indicted the defendants on the following charges:

Refunds for Australian Lottery Scam Victims Available

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 23, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that victims of an Australian Lottery scam may be eligible for refunds through the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

In 1999, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office secured a judgment against Systems 3 Marketing, Inc., Systems Marketing, SMI, Sushila Devi Kumar and Sandhya Murthi. This company and these individuals were involved in a telemarketing fraud scheme that offered chances to win a share in the Australian Lottery. The company operated out of Vancouver, Canada.