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.

Terry Goddard Traveling to Israel in Legal Exchange Program

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 23, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard will travel to Israel tomorrow as part of a legal exchange program between the National Association of Attorneys General and the Israeli government in cooperation with the American-Israel Friendship League.

“This is an excellent opportunity to talk with some of the top legal scholars in Israel, as well as meet with government officials and hear their perspectives about the current political environment,” Goddard said.

Terry Goddard Announces Agreement with Kroger Co. to Curb Tobacco Sales to Minors

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 23, 2007) Attorney General Goddard today announced an agreement with Kroger Co. to implement new procedures to reduce sales of tobacco products to minors. Goddard joined 42 state Attorneys General and Guam in this agreement.

Kroger is the nation’s largest grocery chain with 2,468 supermarkets in 31 states and 779 convenience stores in 15 states. In Arizona, Kroger operates the Fry’s, Fry’s Marketplace and Smith’s grocery store chains. Kroger operates 120 stores in Arizona, making the state the company’s fifth largest market.

Attorney General's Tucson Satellite Offices Seeking Volunteers

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 23, 2007) The Attorney General’s Community Services Program is looking for dedicated volunteers to help staff Tucson satellite offices. These satellite offices provide convenient locations for Arizona residents to access information on consumer fraud, civil rights, victims’ rights, and other topics affecting the most vulnerable members of the community and the general population.

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.

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.

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.