(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 29, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of 16 defendants in the breakup of one of the largest human smuggling operations in the state’s history.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 5, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today issued an opinion stating school districts and charter schools could use money appropriated by the Arizona Legislature to cover any salary and benefit increases for non-administrative personnel in fiscal year 2006-2007, including increases negotiated before the appropriation bill was enacted.
(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.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 9, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of Gabriel Hernandez, 37, of Tempe, on charges related to manufacturing false identification for illegal immigrants.
(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.
(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.
PHOENIX (March 14, 2007) — Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley — co-chairs of the ARIZONA METH PROJECT Advisory Board — today hosted a live, interactive web cast to give an update on an upcoming public awareness campaign to address methamphetamine use among Arizona’s youth.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 15, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that former Arizona State Mine Inspector Douglas K. Martin pleaded guilty today to one count of conflict of interest, a class 6 felony.
(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.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 15, 2007) The Coconino County Superior Court today denied Eric Michael Clark’s petition for a new trial based on ineffective counsel. The decision by Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton was handed down this afternoon.