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01/2007

Terry Goddard Joins Campaign to Reduce Fatal Crashes

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan. 25, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that his office is partnering with The Advertising Council in a new ad campaign aimed at reducing the number of fatal car crashes involving teens and young adults.

Goddard joins a coalition of state Attorneys General and consumer protection agencies that will work to reduce reckless driving. The Arizona Chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and AAA Arizona are also partners in this campaign.

Terry Goddard Announces Claims Process in SONY BMG Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan. 5, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that a formal claims process has been created for consumers affected by the December 2006 settlement with SONY BMG. The settlement resolved allegations that the record company placed anti-copying software on music compact discs without notifying consumers. Goddard joined 39 other states in this $4.25 million settlement. Arizona’s share is about $310,000.

Forgetful Robber Pleads Guilty to Scottsdale Jewelry Heist

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan. 8, 2007) A robber who walked off with more than $1 million in jewelry from a Scottsdale store but mistakenly left behind a business card pleaded guilty Friday to armed robbery with a prior felony conviction in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Matat Iliasov, 34, of New York, had presented the business card to gain access to the store, EZ Imports, 6900 E. McDowell, Scottsdale. The card contained a known alias and his fingerprint. Two employees in the store positively identified the defendant from a photo line-up.

Attorney General’s Office to Defend Death Sentence at U.S. Supreme Court

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan. 8, 2007) The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, January 9, in an Arizona case regarding the death sentence of Jeffrey Landrigan.

Arizona Assistant Attorney General Kent Cattani will represent the State of Arizona in this case. He will argue that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in reversing a district court decision and ordering an evidentiary hearing regarding Landrigan’s claims. Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will also represent the State.

Terry Goddard to Appeal Ruling on Money Transfers Used for Human Smuggling

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan. 10, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today said he will appeal a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling that takes away the State’s authority to seize suspicious money transfers to Mexico that finance human smuggling operations in Arizona. The appeal will be filed with the Arizona Court of Appeals.

A decision Tuesday by Judge Kenneth Fields quashed a warrant issued last September that allowed the Attorney General’s Office to seize money transfers from 26 other states into Mexico.

Criminal Charges Reinstated Against Apache County Sheriff

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan. 12, 2007) The Arizona Court of Appeals has reinstated charges against Apache County Sheriff Brian Hounshell after reversing a lower court’s decision to dismiss them.

Hounshell was indicted by the State Grand Jury in May 2005 on charges of misuse of public monies, fraud and theft. The charges stem from an investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office into allegations that Hounshell misappropriated from Apache County more than $8,000 in public money and equipment for his personal use or benefit between 2000 and 2004.

Terry Goddard Warns Consumers About Internet Loan Scam

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan. 22, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned Arizona consumers about applying for personal loans over the Internet. Arizona consumers have reported to the Attorney General’s Office a scam offering personal loans to help them meet their financial obligations.

“These scams are sophisticated because they take a victim through a ‘loan approval process,’ but these ‘lenders’ are scam artists looking to get your money,” Goddard said. “Once they have your money, they may disappear along with the Web site and phone numbers.”

Terry Goddard Announces $8 Million Settlement Over Cholesterol Drug

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan. 23, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Bayer Corporation over its marketing of Baycol, a drug used to lower cholesterol that the company withdrew from the market in August 2001.

Goddard joined 30 state Attorneys General in this settlement, which requires Bayer to pay the 30 states a total of $8 million. Arizona’s share of $200,000 will be used to pay for consumer education and investigation costs.