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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.

Five Defendants Indicted in Prescription Drugs Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 1, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced an 11-count indictment against five defendants on charges of fraud, theft and possession of a narcotic drug for sale and other charges.

Richard James Solano, Ryan Eugene Lodge, Amoreena Sneed Becher and Nicolas Mark DeGroot were indicted on charges of conspiring to obtain and later sell prescription narcotic drugs. A fifth defendant has been indicted but has not yet been served with the charges.

Sheriff’s Detectives Implicate 12 People in Child Porn Sting

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 2, 2006) For the last two months, Sheriff’s detectives have been conducting an undercover computer crimes operation aimed at finding suspects in Maricopa County who are illegally downloading, possessing and distributing child pornography images.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio today, along with Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, announced the arrests of six (6) adults and four (4) teenagers whose charges will be forthcoming. All were sharing what the Sheriff describes as “truly disgusting” images of children, even infants, in very sexual situations.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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