Arizona Attorney General

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11/2006

Scottsdale Man Convicted of Fraud Given 22-Year Prison Term

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 30, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Allan K. Morgal, 47, of Scottsdale, was sentenced today to 22 years in prison after being convicted of fraud, theft and money laundering.

Morgal convinced a 67-year-old retired Scottsdale man to invest more than $300,000 in an import business venture. The victim was told the business would import specialty pottery items from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Terry Goddard Pledges to Step Up Meth Fight

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Nov. 29, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard said today his Office will intensify its efforts in the fight against methamphetamine in the coming year by committing more resources to prosecute offenders and raising public awareness to prevent meth use.

"Meth remains the No. 1 crime problem in our state," Goddard said. "My Office will aggressively prosecute people who use, smuggle or cook meth. We will work with other agencies and the 23 anti-meth coalitions across Arizona to promote prevention."

Maricopa County Schools Superintendent Indicted on 25 charges

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 20, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today announced that Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Sandra E. Dowling, 50, has been indicted on 25 felony charges. They include two counts of theft, 10 counts of misuse of public monies, four counts of procurement code fraud, five counts of conflict of interest and four counts of prohibition against acquisition of certain interest by public officials.

The grand jury also indicted four other people on related charges.

Attorney General Files Discrimination Suit Against Foundation

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 16, 2006) The Attorney General’s Office today announced it filed a lawsuit against the Indo-American Cultural & Religious Foundation of Arizona, alleging it discriminated against a Phoenix man because of his national origin.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Freddy Saavedra, 28, and his fiancée Laura Bejar (now Saavedra), reserved the Foundation’s hall in March 2004 for their wedding reception scheduled for March 12, 2005. The couple paid the Foundation a $1,250 deposit.

Former Head of Arizona Students’ Association Going to Prison

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 7, 2006) Maceo T. Brown, former executive director of the Arizona Students’ Association, was sentenced today in Maricopa County Superior Court to one year in prison, followed by five years of supervised probation.

Brown, 32, of Phoenix, pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges last month. According to court documents, he took about $140,000 from the Arizona Students’ Association to use for personal and family expenses between 2003 and 2006.

Terry Goddard Outlines ID Rules, Voting Rights for Tuesday’s Election

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 6, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard wants to make sure that all registered voters know their rights and the state’s new identification rules for Tuesday’s election.

“With the new voter ID requirements, it is especially important this year to understand the rules and your rights when you go to the polls,” Goddard said. “Voting is a fundamental right, and I hope the following points will help avoid any confusion.”

Terry Goddard to Take Part in ‘CUT IT OUT ’ Program

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 3, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard will appear at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Southwest Beauty and Nail Show to promote the CUT IT OUT program, which trains salon professionals to recognize the signs of domestic abuse.

The Attorney General’s Office will be hosting a CUT IT OUT information booth at the Southwest Beauty and Nail Show at the Phoenix Convention Center on Sunday and Monday.

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