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08/2007

Terry Goddard to Keynote Auto Theft Investigators Conference

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 3, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard will keynote the opening ceremonies for the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators 55th Annual Training Seminar on Monday, Aug. 6 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The conference is being held at the Wigwam Resort and Spa, 300 Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park.

Goddard will welcome the more than 350 professional investigators, prosecutors and industry professionals from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe. He will also discuss the Attorney General’s THEFTAZ Web site.

Judge Denies Charter Schools’ Request for Injunction

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 7, 2007) Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Miles today denied the request for a preliminary injunction that would have prohibited the State of Arizona from requiring Arizona charter schools to incorporate the State’s social studies standards by grade-level into charter schools curriculum.

The issue at question is whether the Arizona State Board of Education has the authority to require curriculum alignment to the State’s academic standards by all schools, including charter schools.

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Tuition Challenge

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 9, 2007) The Arizona Supreme Court today upheld a lower court’s ruling dismissing a challenge to the Arizona Board of Regents’ decision to increase university tuition in 2003.

In Kromko v. Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), four students sued ABOR for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the tuition charged for the 2003-2004 academic year was excessive and violated the “as nearly free as possible” provision of the Arizona State Constitution.

Terry Goddard Presents Seven Distinguished Service Awards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 17, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today presented Attorney General Distinguished Service Awards to seven recipients during a luncheon at the Arizona Coalition for Victims’ Services Annual Conference at the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix.

The honorees were recognized for their exemplary service, uncommon commitment to victims' rights and improving the treatment of crime victims. The following people were honored:

Terry Goddard Criticizes Claims, Marketing of Alcoholic Energy Drinks

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 20, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today called alcoholic energy drinks a serious health and safety risk for young people and asked a federal agency to investigate promotional claims.

Goddard wants the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to review advertising claims made by manufacturers and take appropriate enforcement action against companies that make misleading health-related statements about these drinks. Goddard joined 29 state Attorneys General in a letter to the agency.

Accountant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $1.5 million

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 20, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that former Giant Industries accountant Thomas Jaramillo, 44, of Phoenix, today pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $1.5 million from the company. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Giant Industries is a refiner and marketer of petroleum products.

According to court documents, Jaramillo created a phony vendor and for nearly 15 years falsified purchase orders from this fictitious vendor and had checks issued to it by Giant Industries.

Terry Goddard Announces Settlement in Business Opportunity Scheme

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 21, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with The Results Group, LLC (TRG), a Phoenix-based company that sold fraudulent, home-based, Internet business opportunities. The settlement bans the company from doing outbound telemarketing of any kind in Arizona. Goddard was joined by Deanya Kueckelhan, Southwest Director for the Federal Trade Commission, who announced a separate federal settlement with TRG.

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