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04/2006

Anthem Man Sentenced for Fraud, Perjury

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 28, 2006) Peter Mohammed Sharma, 71, of Anthem was sentenced today to 12 years in prison on fraud and perjury charges.

Sharma is serving a 10-year sentence for a previous conviction for ID theft and unlawful possession of access devices. The new sentence will run concurrently.

Sharma is one of three identity theft defendants prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office who, after learning of the charges, attempted to file a legal name change to the identity theft victim's name.

Terry Goddard Settles Lawsuit with Mesa Homeowners Association

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 19, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with the Sunland Village East Homeowners Association in Mesa. The agreement settles allegations that the HOA violated Arizona’s Fair Housing Act by denying access to community rooms based on homeowners’ religious affiliation.

According to court documents, over the last 12 years the LDS Family Home Evening Group met once a month for social purposes. The group is made up of residents within the HOA. It did not pay any fees during this time.

Former State Gaming Employee Pleads Guilty

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 19, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Daniel A. Muller, 59, pleaded guilty to conflict of interest of a public employee, a class six felony.

Muller used his position as a financial investigator at the Arizona Department of Gaming to obtain confidential information from the Kansas State Gaming Agency about an ongoing investigation involving R. Franco USA. Muller failed to disclose he had recently accepted a position with R. Franco and used the confidential information to benefit the company.

Terry Goddard Awards Prescription Drug Education Grant to UA

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 14, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the award of $387,949 to the University of Arizona Medical Center to create a prescription drug education program. UA is one of 24 recipients nationally that will receive more than $9 million to be distributed over the next two years. The grant money is part of a $430 million multi-state settlement with pharmaceutical company Warner Lambert.

Glendale Man Sentenced After Fleeing Work Furlough Program

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 11, 2006) A Glendale man was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to escape from an adult correctional facility. Marquis D. Barry, 39, had been in custody with Maricopa County when he walked away from a work release program in 2001. He was taken back into custody earlier this year and entered into a plea agreement last month.

Terry Goddard, Paul Charlton Ask FCC to Review Radio Host’s Comments

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 7, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard and U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin to call his attention to remarks made by KFYI Radio host Brian James last month.

According to a transcript, during one segment of his show, James suggested a solution to the immigration problem was to randomly pick one night a week to “kill anyone coming across the border.”

Terry Goddard Responds to Citizens' Disapproval of Yavapai County Plea Agreement

(Phoenix, Ariz. -April 6, 2006) In response to the large number of citizens who have contacted his office this week regarding a Yavapai County plea agreement, Attorney General Terry Goddard made the following statement today:

My office has received many calls and letters from people objecting to the plea agreement in the Yavapai County assault case, State v. Bennett and Wheeler.

Most of the citizens I've heard from believe the agreement is too lenient, and have asked me to review the case or intervene in some way.

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