Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Peoria Man Receives Two-Year Prison Term for Investment Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 2, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Wayne McLaws, 60, of Peoria, was sentenced to two years in prison and seven years of probation for his role in two fraudulent investment programs, Dennel Finance, Ltd. and Resource Development International, Ltd. He was sentenced by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret Mahoney.

Man Convicted on Fake Documents Charges

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 9, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Jose Angel Diaz-Quintero, 44, has been convicted on charges related to producing and selling fake Social Security and Permanent Resident cards.

During the three-day trial in Pima County Superior Court, evidence showed that Diaz-Quintero sold multiple fake documents to undercover investigators from the Arizona Fraudulent Identification Task Force. The undercover operation took place in June 2006.

Phoenix Man Given 280-Year Prison Sentence

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 10, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Bernie “Junior” Ramirez, 34, of Phoenix, has been sentenced to 280 years in prison. Ramirez was found guilty September 7 in Maricopa County Superior Court on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and drug possession.

The sentencing follows a month-long trial where evidence was presented that Ramirez lured two teenage girls to a Phoenix hotel room in 2004, gave them drugs, tied them up with duct tape and raped them repeatedly over the next eight hours.

Terry Goddard Helping Coordinate National Effort to Reduce Smoking by Youth

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 16, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard is meeting today with fellow state Attorneys General, industry representatives, health advocates and educators for the Third Triennial Tobacco Conference being held in Seattle, Wash.

This conference is required under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to evaluate the success of the MSA and to coordinate efforts by the Attorneys General and participating tobacco manufacturers to curb youth smoking. The meetings began at 9:30 a.m. today at the Seattle Downtown Westin Hotel.

Phoenix Woman Indicted for Fraud, Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 31, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of Cheryl Crabtree, 62, of Phoenix, on charges of fraud and theft.

According to the indictment, Crabtree embezzled more than $200,000 while serving as a bookkeeper and then as chief financial officer for the Tucson company Dot Kret and Associations (DKA). This company places mentally/physically challenged adults in work situations throughout Arizona. The indictment alleges that Crabtree embezzled the money over a period of 13 years.

ADEQ Director Owens and Attorney General Goddard Announce $80,000 Penalty Against Safety-Kleen for Hazardous Waste Violations

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 17, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens today announced that Wisconsin-based Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., will pay an $80,000 penalty for hazardous waste violations at the company’s Chandler facility.

Phoenix Man Given Jail Term for Attempted Escape

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 22, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Darwin K. Waits, 31, of Phoenix, has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted escape, a felony charge. Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Edward W. Bassett also sentenced Waits to two years probation.

In October 2006, Waits was found in contempt of court for failing to pay $5,000 in child support and was sent to the Maricopa County Jail. Waits was on work furlough and did not report back to the jail after work.