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09/2008

Terry Goddard Issues Opinion Allowing Online Public Meetings

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 30, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard issued a legal Opinion yesterday stating that under Arizona’s Open Meeting Law a public body can conduct deliberations and discussions in an online meeting.

The Opinion asserts that Arizona’s Open Meeting Law does not prohibit public bodies from conducting discussions through the Internet, as long as the requirements for providing sufficient notice and public access to all meeting communications are met.

Man Sentenced to Prison in Arizona Arms Trafficking Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 12, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Victor Varela, 23, of Columbus, New Mexico, was sentenced today to two-and-a-half years in prison, followed by seven years probation, in a major arms trafficking case.

Varela was arrested in Tucson on April 2. He pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and one count of forgery in Maricopa County on July 10.

Terry Goddard Files Sex Discrimination Lawsuit against Phoenix Country Club

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 16, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard filed a lawsuit against the Phoenix Country Club (“PCC”) today alleging ongoing violations of the Arizona Civil Rights Act’s public accommodations provision prohibiting sex-based discrimination. The suit alleges that PCC engages in sex-based discrimination by excluding women from using the Men’s Grill and men from using the Women’s Grill.

Mesa Police Officer Indicted on Computer Tampering Charges

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 18, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard, Department of Public Safety Director Roger Vanderpool and Mesa Police Chief George Gascón today announced the indictment of Mesa Police Officer Daniel Albert Coronado, 37, of Gilbert, on four counts of computer tampering and four counts of unauthorized access to criminal history. Coronado was indicted on these charges, all Class 6 felonies, Wednesday by the State Grand Jury.

Scottsdale Man Indicted for Identity Theft, Illegal Purchase of Narcotics

(Phoenix, Ariz. – September 22, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of Ronald Jay Edwin, 52, of Scottsdale, on one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, one count of theft, 10 counts of acquisition of narcotic drugs by fraud and one count of aggravated taking of the identity of another person. The charges, all felonies, relate to Edwin’s alleged use of another person’s identity without permission to obtain narcotic drugs.

Terry Goddard Announces Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 23, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Harvest Properties Inc. of Tucson, resolving a consumer fraud lawsuit that alleged foreclosure rescue fraud and mortgage fraud by the company and its owners. The settlement was filed on Friday, September 19.

The settlement, which comes in the form of a consent judgment and does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing, requires Harvest and its owners and managers to pay $350,000 in restitution to approximately 100 consumers.