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09/2007

Former State Employee Receives Jail Term for Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 10, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Sonja Klaus, 34, of Mesa, was sentenced today to three months in the Maricopa County Jail for defrauding the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).

Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Colleen French also sentenced the defendant to four years probation and ordered her to pay $12,458 in restitution to DES. She was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of theft, a felony charge.

Statement from Attorney General Terry Goddard in response to Today's Court of Appeals Ruling

Statement from Attorney General Terry Goddard in response to today's Court of Appeals ruling:

The Attorney General's money laundering and racketeering investigations in connection with human smuggling in Arizona have ventured into new legal territory. I appreciate the guidance the Court of Appeals has provided on how subpoenas should be issued. This office will now follow the guidelines outlined by the court for our next subpoenas and renew our enforcement efforts in Mexico.

Terry Goddard Announces Election Investigation Finds No Tampering

(Tucson, Ariz. – Sept. 14, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that his office did not find evidence that anyone tampered with a Regional Transportation Authority election in Pima County last year.

The Pima County Democratic Party requested the Attorney General’s Office investigate allegations that the RTA election results had been manipulated.

Phoenix Man Indicted for Investment Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 19, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of David John Leyshon, 48, of Phoenix, on charges of fraud, securities fraud, transactions by unregistered dealers or salesmen and theft.

According to the indictment, from Dec. 2004 through March 2006, Leyshon acted as an “investment advisor” and persuaded several people to “invest” a total of about $350,000 through a purported investment firm called Leyshon Capital Management (LCM).

Attorney General’s Office Settles Discrimination Lawsuit

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 21, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed last year against the Indo-American Cultural & Religious Foundation of Arizona on behalf of a Phoenix man who claimed discrimination because of his national origin.

The lawsuit alleged that Freddy Saavedra, 29, and his fiancée reserved the Foundation’s hall in March 2004 for their wedding reception scheduled for March 2005. The couple paid the Foundation a $1,250 deposit.

Attorney General’s Office Settles Complaint Against Mortgage Broker

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 24, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $95,000 settlement with Lenox Financial Mortgage, LLC, an Atlanta-based mortgage broker. The settlement resolves allegations that the company violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by failing to include disclaimers in its radio advertisements promoting Lenox Financial’s “no closing costs” mortgage loans.

Statement from Attorney General Terry Goddard on the Jeffs Verdict

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 25, 2007) The following is a statement from Attorney General Terry Goddard regarding the verdict in the case against Warren Jeffs:

History was made today in a small courtroom in St. George, Utah. I commend the jury for carefully reviewing the facts and rendering a fair verdict. Their decision is a triumph for the rule of law.

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