Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Attorney General's Office Wins Two Court Actions Against Western Union

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 15, 2007) The Arizona Court of Appeals and Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James H. Keppel handed down decisions in the past week supporting the Attorney General’s ongoing investigations into human and drug smuggling.

“These court actions will make it harder for ‘coyote’ organizations and drug smugglers to do business in Arizona,” Goddard said.

Veteran Prosecutor Paul Ahler Joins Attorney General’s Office

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 2, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Paul W. Ahler, former Chief Deputy for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, has joined the Attorney General’s Criminal Division.

Ahler brings to the office more than 26 years of experience as a prosecutor and has handled many high-profile cases, including the 1991 Temple murders. For the last two years, Ahler handled death penalty cases in the County Attorney’s Homicide Bureau.

Prescott Man Given Eight-Year Prison Sentence for Investment Scheme

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 6, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that John Mendibles, 45, of Prescott, was sentenced today to eight years in prison for stealing more than $150,000 from 16 victims.

Mendibles admitted to selling fake shares in a tribal casino investment that didn’t exist. He pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, illegally conducting an enterprise, theft and transactions by unregistered dealers and salesmen in October 2006.

Terry Fenzl Appointed Chief of Staff of Arizona Attorney General's Office

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- March 9, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Terry E. Fenzl, a Phoenix attorney with 38 years of litigation experience, will join the Office April 2 as Chief of Staff.

Fenzl will be responsible for managing all major cases and state, federal and tribal relations. He will work closely with Chief Deputy Terri Skladany, who oversees the Office's management.

Terry Goddard Warns Consumers of Tax Season Scams

(March 13, 2007) – Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers to be careful of emails that promise tax refunds or look like “tax notices.” These are common scams during tax season.

These “phishing” scams occur when individuals pose as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees and send consumers e-mails requesting personal information, supposedly for the purpose of processing refunds. The emails appear to be official, using language such as “Refund Notice” in the subject lines.