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04/2006

Former Nogales Police Officer Charged with Kidnapping, Sexual Assault

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 20, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the filing of kidnapping and sexual assault charges against Ramon Fernando Borbon, 36, a former Nogales Police Officer.

The complaint alleges that in September 2005, Borbon knowingly restrained a woman with the intent to inflict harm while in uniform, and then sexually assaulted her.

Borbon, of Rio Rico, was taken into custody today by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers. The charges follow an investigation by DPS that started shortly after the victim came forward in September 2005.

CUT IT OUT Training Begins for Arizona Cosmetology Schools

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 21, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the CUT IT OUT Domestic Violence Awareness Program has expanded its training to include Arizona cosmetology schools.

In April 2005, the Attorney General’s Office partnered with the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, State Board of Cosmetology and the national CUT IT OUT program to develop educational materials for salon professionals to reach out to clients who may be victims. Cosmetology school training is the newest phase of this effort.

Terry Goddard to Present Victims' Rights Funds to Yuma Agencies

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 27, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today will present $95,000 to the City of Yuma and the Yuma County Juvenile Court to benefit victim’s rights programs in the area. Goddard will make the presentation during the 2006 Yuma County Victim’s Rights annual dinner this evening at the Cocopah RV Resort.

Before attending the dinner, Goddard will tour Amberly’s Place, an advocacy center that coordinates services for victims of family violence in the Yuma area.

Attorney General's 2005 Gas Price Investigation Finds Dramatically Higher Profits but No Violations of State Law

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 26, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard said today that an investigation by his office into last year's steep rise in gas prices following Hurricane Katrina found sharply higher profit margins but no violations of state law.

The investigation followed hundreds of complaints from Arizona consumers who asked the Attorney General's Office to take action after retail gas prices in Arizona rose from an average of $2.39 a gallon on Aug. 1, 2005, to $3.12 a gallon on Sept. 6, 2005.

Terry Goddard Settles with Yellow Pages, Inc.

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 25, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Arizona and 26 other states have reached an agreement with California-based Yellow Pages, Inc., resolving solicitation and billing complaints against the company.

Yellow Pages, Inc. will pay $535,000 to affected consumers and has agreed to modify its business practices. States will receive an average of $19,800 of the reimbursement funds. Arizona’s share will be $10,000.

Terry Goddard Renews Call for Price-Gouging Law

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 25, 2006) Responding to the sharp runup in gas prices, Attorney General Terry Goddard today called again for a state law to criminalize price gouging and criticized a Bush administration letter for attempting to pass the buck.

For the past three years, including the current legislative session, Goddard has sought an anti-price-gouging statute, but the State Legislature has failed to approve it. Twentyeight states currently have such laws. Goddard also testified before Congress last November in support of a federal law to make price-gouging illegal.

Terry Goddard Pays Tribute to Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 25, 2006) Attorney General’s Office volunteers who work tirelessly to improve their communities will be honored during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, by Attorney General Terry Goddard at a reception in Phoenix today.

“Our volunteers provide invaluable services to Arizona consumers by staffing satellite offices and helping residents complete civil rights and consumer fraud complaints,” Goddard said. “These volunteers make it possible for residents to access services without having to travel to Phoenix or Tucson.”

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