Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Jury Gives Death Sentence to Yuma Man for Murder

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 9, 2008) A Yuma County Superior Court jury today sentenced Vincent Lee Accardo, 60, of Yuma, to death in the 1997 killing of Kenneth Cloud, 55, of Bard, Calif. On June 27, the jury found Accardo guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the 1997 death.

In December 1997, Cloud was sitting in his pickup truck outside Burgers and Beer, 321

Terry Goddard Announces Settlement with Money Transfer Company

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 2, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced an agreement with Minneapolis-based MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. (MoneyGram), that will establish a $1.1 million fund to help educate consumers about using money wire services. Goddard joined 43 other states and the District of Columbia in this agreement.

Under the agreement, in the form of an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC), MoneyGram will fund the $1.1 million national consumer awareness program and set out very prominent consumer warnings on the forms used by consumers to wire money.

Terry Goddard Applauds Surrender of Financial Fugitive

(Phoenix, Ariz. --July 2, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard applauded the surrender today of Samuel Israel, a fugitive convicted in a massive securities fraud which the Arizona Attorney General's Office helped uncover in 2005.

Israel, 48, turned himself into federal authorities in Massachusetts this morning. He had disappeared almost a month ago when he was to report to a federal prison to begin serving a 20-year sentence. Israel had sought to create the belief that he had taken his own life with the message "suicide is painless" written in the dust of his car's windshield.