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05/2006

Terry Goddard Announces Breakup of Fake Document Scheme

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 30, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of Victoria O. Romero, a prison guard with the Arizona Department of Corrections, charging her with fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. She is the final person to be charged in a Phoenixbased fraud scheme that charged as much as $7,500 for fake immigration documents and victimized more than 500 people from across the country.

Terry Goddard Settles with Personal Development Marketing Company

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 24, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Liberty League International, LLC, and its principals, Brent Payne and Shane Krider. The consent judgment resolves complaints that the multi-level marketing corporation tricked customers into spending substantial amounts of money by promising “sizable commissions” if they helped market three “personal development” products and recruit new participants into the program.

Terry Goddard Offers Tips to Protect Veterans Against Identity Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 23, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today advised military veterans to be especially vigilant about attempts to steal their identity. The risk of identity theft was heightened for veterans when a burglar stole an electronic data file from the home of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee earlier this month.

Terry Goddard Takes Issue With FTC's Gasoline Report

(Phoenix, Ariz. - May 22, 2006) - Attorney General Terry Goddard today called the Federal Trade Commission's new report on sharply higher gasoline prices following Hurricane Katrina "an unpersuasive defense of the oil industry."

The FTC report found no illegal market manipulation and 15 examples of price-gouging nationally after the hurricane last year. The agency sought to downplay those instances, saying they could be explained by "the standard supply and demand paradigm" and "regional or local market trends."

Terry Goddard Opens 22nd Satellite Office in Wickenburg

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 22, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the 22nd Attorney General Satellite Office is now open in Wickenburg. The office is located at the Foundation for Senior Living of Wickenburg.

"I am honored that the Foundation has agreed to provide a place for Wickenburg area residents to learn more about consumer protection and the Attorney General’s Office,” Goddard said.

Terry Goddard Calls to Re-Classify "Little Cigars" as Cigarettes

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 18, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today joined 39 state Attorneys General in filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, asking the federal agency to close a loophole that allows tobacco manufacturers to pass off cigarettes wrapped in paper with trace amounts of tobacco as “little cigars.”

Terry Goddard Honors Assistant Attorney General Ted Noyes

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 17, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today presented the first annual Michael C. Cudahy Award for Mentoring to former Court of Appeals Judge and current Assistant Attorney General E.G. “Ted” Noyes.

Noyes was recognized for his willingness to share his insight and knowledge with other attorneys who need direction or a second opinion. Noyes is a prosecutor in the Criminal Division where he works mainly on fraud and public corruption cases.

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