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Anthem Man Sentenced for Fraud, Perjury

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 28, 2006) Peter Mohammed Sharma, 71, of Anthem was sentenced today to 12 years in prison on fraud and perjury charges.

Sharma is serving a 10-year sentence for a previous conviction for ID theft and unlawful possession of access devices. The new sentence will run concurrently.

Sharma is one of three identity theft defendants prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office who, after learning of the charges, attempted to file a legal name change to the identity theft victim's name.

Terry Goddard to Present Victims' Rights Funds to Yuma Agencies

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 27, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today will present $95,000 to the City of Yuma and the Yuma County Juvenile Court to benefit victim’s rights programs in the area. Goddard will make the presentation during the 2006 Yuma County Victim’s Rights annual dinner this evening at the Cocopah RV Resort.

Before attending the dinner, Goddard will tour Amberly’s Place, an advocacy center that coordinates services for victims of family violence in the Yuma area.

Attorney General's 2005 Gas Price Investigation Finds Dramatically Higher Profits but No Violations of State Law

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 26, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard said today that an investigation by his office into last year's steep rise in gas prices following Hurricane Katrina found sharply higher profit margins but no violations of state law.

The investigation followed hundreds of complaints from Arizona consumers who asked the Attorney General's Office to take action after retail gas prices in Arizona rose from an average of $2.39 a gallon on Aug. 1, 2005, to $3.12 a gallon on Sept. 6, 2005.

Terry Goddard Settles with Yellow Pages, Inc.

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 25, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Arizona and 26 other states have reached an agreement with California-based Yellow Pages, Inc., resolving solicitation and billing complaints against the company.

Yellow Pages, Inc. will pay $535,000 to affected consumers and has agreed to modify its business practices. States will receive an average of $19,800 of the reimbursement funds. Arizona’s share will be $10,000.

Terry Goddard Renews Call for Price-Gouging Law

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 25, 2006) Responding to the sharp run-up in gas prices, Attorney General Terry Goddard today called again for a state law to criminalize price gouging and criticized a Bush administration letter for attempting to pass the buck.

For the past three years, including the current legislative session, Goddard has sought an anti-price-gouging statute, but the State Legislature has failed to approve it. Twenty-eight states currently have such laws. Goddard also testified before Congress last November in support of a federal law to make price-gouging illegal.

Terry Goddard Pays Tribute to Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 25, 2006) Attorney General’s Office volunteers who work tirelessly to improve their communities will be honored during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, by Attorney General Terry Goddard at a reception in Phoenix today.

“Our volunteers provide invaluable services to Arizona consumers by staffing satellite offices and helping residents complete civil rights and consumer fraud complaints,” Goddard said. “These volunteers make it possible for residents to access services without having to travel to Phoenix or Tucson.”

Terry Goddard to Honor Teen Crime Victim

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 24, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard on Tuesday will present his office’s first “Spirit of Courage Award” honoring crime victims.

The award will be presented to a 17-year-old Phoenix girl who demonstrated courage by providing critical court testimony that led to a felony conviction and for conquering her methamphetamine addiction. The ceremony will be held in the rose garden in front of the Attorney General’s Office, 1275 W. Washington St., beginning at 10 a.m.

Terry Goddard Presents Distinguished Service Awards to Victims' Rights Advocates

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 24, 2006) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard today presented the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Awards to victims’ rights advocates at the Victims’ Rights Week Kick-Off Event at the State Capitol.

These awards were presented in recognition of exemplary service, uncommon commitment to victims' rights and to improving the treatment of crime victims.

Attorney General’s Distinguished Award for Leadership: Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Ronald Reinstein.