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05/2006

Terry Goddard to Dedicate 23rd Attorney General Satellite Office

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 31, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard will dedicate the newest Attorney General satellite office in Sierra Vista at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5. The office, which will be the 23rd satellite location, will be based at the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma Street. Goddard will be available for media interviews beginning at 3 p.m.

Phoenix Drug Dealer Given Three Life Sentences

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 12, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Bernie Junior Ramirez, also known as “Jimmi the Pimp,” was sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court to three concurrent life sentences under Arizona’s Serious Drug Offender law.

Ramirez, 33, was found guilty in April of conspiracy, two counts of possession of narcotic drugs for sale, two counts of possession of marijuana for sale, transfer of dangerous drugs to a minor and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. He had three prior felony convictions.

Man Pleads Guilty to Human Smuggling Charges

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 10, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Adolfo Gomez-Lopez, also known as Francisco Lopez, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to smuggle human beings and one count of assisting a criminal syndicate.

The charges stem from a joint investigation by the Department of Public Safety and the Phoenix Police Department that led to the arrest and indictment of eight suspected coyotes in March. The charges followed the execution of search warrants on two Phoenix apartments.

Two Sentenced to Prison for Sale of Fraudulent ID Cards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 10, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced the sentencing of two defendants for selling fake resident alien identification cards. Carmen Tolle, 42, and Rachel Gallegos, 37, were sentenced Tuesday for operating a fraud scheme that promised victims legitimate resident alien cards, also known as “green cards,” but delivered fake cards or no cards. Both defendants are from Phoenix.

Terry Goddard Warns Consumers About Get-Rich-Quick "Opportunities"

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 4, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning consumers that "Business Opportunity" scams are on the rise in Arizona. An increasing number of ads in the media and on the Internet make claims that you can quit your job, be your own boss and bring in an executive salary.

The reality is that most people who respond to those ads will spend a considerable amount of money attempting to launch the business, and few will make significant profits.

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