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03/2008

Terry Goddard Announces 11 Restaurant Employees Indicted for Identity Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 31, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of 11 people associated with a Tucson identity theft ring. All the defendants were employees at a Panda Express restaurant located on North Swan Road in Tucson.

The 11 defendants were indicted on one count each of aggravated taking identity of another person, a class three felony. The indictments were the result of a three-month investigation conducted by the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Organized Crime Unit.

The defendants are:

Ex-Red Mesa School Officials Get Prison Sentences for Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 4, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that two former Red Mesa School District officials were sentenced today to prison after pleading guilty to fraud and theft charges in January.

William Bean, 52, former Red Mesa Unified School District Superintendent, was sentenced to one and a half years in prison and seven years of supervised probation to begin upon his release from prison. He was also ordered to pay $279,368 in restitution.

Anthem Woman Given 10-Year Prison Term for Securities Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 5, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Lori Moriarity, formerly known as Lori Lee Spranger, 38, of Anthem, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Andrew G. Klein. He also ordered her to pay $460,000 in restitution and serve seven years of probation after her prison term.

In February, she pleaded guilty to one count of fraud, one count of theft, one count of securities fraud and two counts of forgery.

Terry Goddard Files Lawsuit Against Internet Business in Cochise County

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 6, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Top Stone, Inc., an Internet business in Cochise County that markets in-stock and custom-made marble and granite products. The complaint alleges that Top Stone routinely failed to deliver merchandise to consumers within a reasonable time or sometimes not at all. The lawsuit was filed in Pima County Superior Court.

Terry Goddard Cautions Students About Spring Break Travel

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 6, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded students planning spring break trips to be cautious and use common sense when booking travel.

With spring break right around the corner, students will find a number of last-minute, allinclusive and low-cost travel specials on the Internet and in college newspapers. Unfortunately, many of these “specials” do not deliver what they promise or turn out to be outright scams.

Goddard offered the following tips to avoid being scammed when planning a spring break getaway:

Terry Goddard Announces $400,000 Settlement in Deceptive Practices Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 10, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $400,000 settlement with Directory Billing, LLC, doing business as USDirectory.com, resolving allegations that the company engaged in deceptive business practices by using “live” activation checks to obligate businesses and organizations to pay for a preferred business listing.

Terry Goddard Announces Disabilities Settlement with College

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 14, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $25,000 Civil Rights settlement with the Pima County Community College, resolving a lawsuit alleging that the college violated the Arizonans with Disabilities Act (AzDA) by refusing to provide a deaf student with sign language interpreters with whom she could effectively communicate.

Terry Goddard Announces Ruling to Prevent Retaliation Against Employees

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 14, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Martone has ordered DHL Express (U.S.A.), Inc., to take measures to prevent retaliation against employees who complain about an unlawful employment practice or an employee who participates in an investigation about an unlawful employment practice.

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