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12/2006

Attorney General Files Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 29, 2006) The Attorney General’s Office today announced that itfiled a lawsuit against Peoria property owner Stanislawa Barbara Ogorsaly and herformer real estate agent, June Lamb, for alleged housing discrimination based on race.

The lawsuit follows an investigation by the Civil Rights Division of the Arizona AttorneyGeneral’s Office that concluded reasonable cause existed to believe that Ogorsaly andLamb discriminated against an African-American couple who applied to rent atownhouse owned by Ogorsaly. The unit is located next door to Ogorsaly’s residence.

Man Convicted for Possessing Marijuana Worth $1.5 Million

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 8, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the conviction of Stelios Maltepes, 36, of Philadelphia, on charges of conspiracy and possession of about 1,200 pounds of marijuana for sale.

The conviction follows an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department that uncovered a drug trafficking operation that used two Phoenix area warehouses.

Ex-State Treasurer Given Sentence of Three Years of Probation

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 11, 2006) Arizona State Treasurer David Petersen today was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and a $4,500 fine by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Keppel. Petersen resigned his office Nov. 30 as part of the plea agreement entered into with the Attorney General’s Office.

In October, Petersen pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly filing a false or incomplete financial disclosure statement.

Terry Goddard Files Suit Over Work-at-Home Operation

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 12, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that his office has filed suit against The Results Group (TRG) and its managers, Edward Longoria and Amber Halvorson, alleging that their work-at-home business opportunity scheme violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

The announcement was part of Project FAL$E HOPE$, a federal and state law enforcement sweep targeting bogus business opportunities and work-at-home schemes. The Federal Trade Commission today also took action against The Results Group.

Chandler Police Officer Indicted on 10 Counts

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 12, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the 10count indictment of Bradley T. Forward, an officer with the Chandler Police Department. He is accused of one count of hindering prosecution, two counts of stealing, destroying, altering or secreting public records, three counts of computer tampering and four counts of unauthorized access to criminal history. All of the charges are felonies.

Forward, 30, of Gilbert, has been a Chandler Police Officer for seven years.

Terry Goddard Announces Deceptive Practices Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 14, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Nevada-based YP Corp. (doing business as YP.com) and its wholly owned subsidiary Telco Billing, Inc. The settlement resolves allegations that the company engaged in deceptive business practices by sending small checks to businesses and nonprofit organizations that when deposited would obligate the business to pay for an enhanced listing on YP.com’s online yellow page directory.

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