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03/2008

Terry Goddard Cites High Cost of Tax Refund Loans

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 18, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today advised consumers to be wary of “refund anticipation” or tax refund loans. These loans are secured by and repaid from pending income tax refunds. Money from these loans may be available a few days sooner than the tax refunds arrive, but consumers can expect to pay very high fees to borrow their own money.

Terry Goddard Files Lawsuit over Attempts to Delay Generic Drug

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 18, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today sued Abbott Laboratories and French drug company Fournier for violating antitrust laws by taking deliberate steps to delay the availability of a cheaper, generic version of the drug TriCor. TriCor is Abbott’s brand name for a drug using fenofibrate to reduce high triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

Terry Goddard Announces $325,000 Settlement with Tucson College

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 19, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $325,000 settlement with Tucson College, a private vocational school owned by Tucson-based Southwest Business Colleges, Inc. The settlement resolves a lawsuit alleging deceptive practices, representations and advertising in connection with the school’s Criminal Justice Program, from August 2006, when the new program started, through June 2007.

Honduran Defendant Receives Prison Term for Identity Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 21, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Duany J. Zaldivar Enamorado, 35, a suspected undocumented immigrant from Honduras, was sentenced Thursday to three and a half years in prison, followed by five years probation. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $640.

In January, Zaldivar Enamorado pleaded guilty to one count of attempted trafficking in the identity of another and one count of illegal control of an enterprise. Both are Class 3 felonies.

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