Terry Goddard Suggests New Year’s Resolutions for Arizona Consumers

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 31, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today offered some New Year’s Resolutions for Arizona consumers.

“The New Year is a great time to resolve to protect yourself from scammers, to stay safe online and to take steps to prevent having your identity stolen,” Goddard said.

Smart consumers should make the following resolutions:

Attorney General Open Meeting Law Opinion

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 24, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today released a legal Opinion making clear that the Open Meeting Law does not prohibit a member of a public body from speaking to the media concerning matters that may be considered by that body in the future.

Representatives David Lujan and Steve Gallardo requested the Opinion to clarify whether comments to the media would violate the Open Meeting Law (OML) if a quorum of the public body reads or hears those comments.

Terry Goddard Warns Football Fans of Ticket Scams

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 22, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard is cautioning sports fans to be mindful of fraud artists when purchasing football bowl game tickets this holiday season.

“The upcoming bowl season is an opportunity for scam artists to take advantage of excited fans who may be in a hurry to purchase game tickets,” Goddard said. “Doing some research before buying tickets or making travel arrangements will allow consumers to avoid common pitfalls and scams.”

Terry Goddard Announces Record Environmental Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 20, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a record $12 million civil settlement resolving a 2005 lawsuit brought against land developer George H. Johnson, several of his companies, excavation contractor Jack McCall, 3F Contracting, Inc. and Preston Well Drilling. The defendants agreed that the State would be paid $12,111,500 to resolve all claims in the case, making it the largest environmental enforcement recovery by State agencies in Arizona’s history.

Terry Goddard Announces Settlements with Two Colorado City Businesses

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 17, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the settlements of lawsuits against the Vermillion Candy Shoppe (“Vermillion”) and Big Dan’s Drive Thru (Big Dan’s) and their owners and operators. Both businesses are located in Colorado City, Ariz.

The settlements, in the form of consent judgments, resolve allegations that the owners and operators of Vermillion and Big Dan’s discriminated against customers because of their religious beliefs.

Cave Creek Man Convicted on 13 Methamphetamine Counts

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 12, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Thomas Desposito, 41, of Cave Creek, was found guilty on 13 counts related to the possession and sale of methamphetamine. The verdict was announced Tuesday following a two-week trial in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Desposito was part of a large methamphetamine distribution ring uncovered in a 2005 Phoenix Police Department investigation. Police found that this trafficking organization was importing large quantities of methamphetamine from Mexico.

Scottsdale Man Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Harassment Charges

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 11, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Gregg L. Wolfe, 46, of Scottsdale, pleaded guilty today to one count of solicitation to commit bribery of a public servant and four counts of attempted harassment of a public officer.

The charges stem from allegations involving the release of confidential investigative materials by Chandler Police Officer Bradley Forward and the alleged filing of baseless liens against a Superior Court judge, a public official and public employees involved in a securities law investigation.