(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 31, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Jesus Noel Ramirez-Alvarado, also known as Adolfo “Cholo” Ramirez, 38, was sentenced today to one-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty last month to attempted human smuggling, a Class 5 felony. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,700.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 28, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a video that provides consumers with useful information on buying a car. This program is available on his office’s Web site www.azag.gov and on DVD.
The program, called the 2006 Consumers Guide to Buying a Car -- Tips to Put You in the Driver's Seat, is the latest consumer education effort by the Attorney General’s Office. The 12-minute video gives information on such key points as negotiating a purchase price, loan interest rates, trade-in value and monthly payments.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 28, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens today announced a $90,000 settlement with Greenehaven Development Corporation and its subsidiaries. The settlement resolves a lawsuit charging violations of Arizona water quality laws.
(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.
(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. The Hon. 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.”
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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 price fixing scheme increased the cost of personal computers and servers.