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02/2008

Terry Goddard Announces Top 15 Consumer Complaints

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 29, 2008) Business opportunities, business services and used car sales topped the list of more than 22,000 consumer complaints filed with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in 2007. Debt collections and auto repairs rounded out the top five complaint categories.

Complaints about cable and satellite television (ranking seventh), prize notifications (eighth) and mortgage lending (tenth) showed the biggest increase from the previous year.

Nine Defendants Indicted on Drug Charges in Pima County

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 6, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of nine people on charges related to the sale and transportation of narcotic drugs. Four of the defendants indicted were arrested this morning and booked into Pima County Jail. A fifth person was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana. The remaining defendants have not yet been served with their charges.

Terry Goddard Says Mortgage Industry Needs to Do More to Reduce Home Foreclosures

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 7, 2008) Citing a new national report on subprime mortgages, Attorney General Terry Goddard said today that the mortgage industry needs to reach out to more homeowners at risk of foreclosure if the nation’s housing crisis is to be brought under control.

While mortgage servicing companies have increased outreach efforts and shown more willingness to modify home loans, Goddard said, the report shows most seriously delinquent borrowers were not undertaking any mitigation option.

Terry Goddard Announces Settlement of Job Discrimination Lawsuit

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 13, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement resolving an employment discrimination lawsuit against Tucson Residence Foundation, Inc. (TRF). The lawsuit alleged that TRF discriminated against Lisa Parra, 38, of Tucson, who is deaf, by withdrawing a promotion the company had offered her because of preferences expressed by two customers.

Indictment of 48 Defendants Smashes Large Human-Smuggling Organization

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 14, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a 232-count indictment of 48 defendants in the breakup of a major human-smuggling organization operating in Phoenix and Naco, Ariz. Goddard was joined by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and other law enforcement officials during an afternoon press conference to announce the indictment.

Former State Employee Receives Jail Term for Welfare Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 20, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Tammy J. Jordan, 46, of Phoenix, was sentenced yesterday to six months in Maricopa County Jail and four years probation for defrauding the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). She also was ordered to pay restitution of $2,490 and perform 150 hours of community service. In January, Jordan pleaded guilty to one count of theft, a class 4 felony.

Terry Goddard Announces Settlement with Tucson Equipment Dealer

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 21, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $19,500 settlement with D.W. Phillips, L.L.C., dba Arizona Honda, resolving allegations that the Tucson power equipment dealer used deceptive practices to secure financing for consumers who may not have otherwise qualified for financing.

Arizona Honda sells ATVs, motorcycles, scooters, generators, lawn mowers and other power equipment.

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