Attorney General Settles with Heart Device Maker for $16.75 Million

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 30, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $16.75 million settlement with Guidant Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boston Scientific and one of the world’s top three manufacturers of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs). The settlement resolves allegations that the company sold a type of ICD with short-circuiting defects without notifying consumers or doctors of the defects.

Phoenix Couple Receive Prison Terms for Fraud, Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 22, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Anna V. Solis, 38, and her husband Oscar M. Solis, 35, of Phoenix have been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of fraud and one count of theft. They also were ordered to pay $48,947 in restitution. Anna Solis was sentenced to five years probation, and Oscar Solis was sentenced to three years probation.

Terry Goddard Warns Hotel Guests About Potential Identity Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Aug. 22, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned guests of a local Best Western Hotel that they could be victims of identity theft.

The general manager of the Best Western Hotel & Suites Phoenix Northern, located at 1615 E. Northern Avenue, sent a letter to about 164 customers informing them that five months ago an on-site storage area containing personal guest information was broken into and information dated between 2002 and 2006 was stolen.

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.

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 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: