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07/2006

Terry Goddard Warns Consumers of "Secret" Shopper Scam

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 12, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned Arizona consumers about a new scam involving phony advertisements for employment as a “secret,” “mystery” or “investigative” shopper.

Recently, several Tucson residents have answered employment ads calling for “shoppers” to test a company service, claiming that if they perform this job, they will be paid thousands of dollars.

Terry Goddard Sues Computer Chip Manufacturers for Price-Fixing

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 14, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced Arizona joined a multi-state lawsuit alleging price-fixing by the manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) chips, which are a widely used form of computer memory found in personal computers, servers and other electronic devices. The lawsuit alleges that the pricefixing scheme increased the cost of personal computers and servers.

Terry Goddard Warns Seniors about Callers Claiming to Represent Medicare

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 18, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned senior citizens to be wary of callers claiming to be with Medicare offering a new Medicare card.

Recently, several Arizona consumers have been contacted by individuals claiming to represent Medicare who ask for bank account information, as well as other personal identifying information such as date of birth.

Boat Builder to Pay $75,000 for Violations in Lake Havasu City

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 19, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Department of Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens today announced a $75,000 settlement resolving air quality violations against a boat manufacturer, North American Sleek Craft, Inc.

The company owns and operates a fiberglass powerboat manufacturing facility in Lake Havasu City. It builds fiberglass powerboats that are constructed with products that emit styrene, a hazardous air pollutant. This manufacturing process required the company to secure an air quality permit, which it failed to do.

Terry Goddard Introduces Internet Program to Fight Auto Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 20, 2006) Is there an abandoned or suspicious car in your neighborhood? Thinking of buying a used car and want to make sure it isn’t stolen?

Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a new Internet service that enables citizens to type into their computers a license plate number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to find out immediately if a car has been stolen.

Terry Goddard Applauds Verdicts in Baptist Foundation Trial

(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 24, 2006) The guilty verdicts today against two former top executives of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona are "a hard-earned victory for justice and for thousands of victims of fraud," Attorney General Terry Goddard said.

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury found former BFA President William Crotts guilty of three counts of fraud and one count of illegally conducting an enterprise, and former BFA general counsel Thomas Grabinski guilty of three counts of fraud and one count of illegally conducting an enterprise.

Terry Goddard Receives Award for Helping Disabled Employees

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 26, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today was presented an award recognizing his office’s efforts in advocating for and employing persons with disabilities. TheHon. John R. Sticht Excellence in Disabilities Accessibility Award was presented at the Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary celebration held at the State Capitol.

In presenting the award, the committee recognized the Attorney General’s Office for its “efforts through its employment practices to improve access to Arizona’s judicial system for persons with disabilities.”

Donald Conrad, Monica Klapper Receive Top State Awards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 27, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today presented Donald Conrad and Monica Klapper with the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council’s highest awards. Both are attorneys in the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Office.

Conrad was presented the Arizona Felony Prosecutor of the Year Award for his commitment to prosecuting individuals who perpetuate financial fraud. He serves as Criminal Division Chief Counsel and led the prosecution team in the recently concluded Baptist Foundation of Arizona (BFA) trial.

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