(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.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 4, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Armando Molina Gamboa, Mario Velasco-Felix and Noel Velasco-Felix were found guilty today on drug related charges by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Thomas O’Toole. O’Toole sentenced each of the defendants to 20 years in prison on these charges.
(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.
(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.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 5, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Felecia A. Rotellini, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Institutions, announced the indictment today of Lisa Gorney, 40, and Eduardo Nicholson, 42, both of Glendale, on charges of theft, fraud and illegally conducting an enterprise.
(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.
(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, all-inclusive 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:
(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.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 12, 2008) State Attorneys General from the United States and Mexico today announced “a new era of binational cooperation to fight organized crime in both countries.” A common thread in the agreements is eliminating the U.S.-Mexican border as a refuge for criminals on either side.
(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: