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10/2008

Two Election Rules for Voters Who Have Recently Moved

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 30, 2008) With a rising number of homeowners dealing with foreclosure, many voters may wonder where they should vote if they have recently moved. Secretary of State Jan Brewer and Attorney General Terry Goddard today provided the following reminder to ensure that no Arizona voters will be disenfranchised because of a recent move or foreclosure.

Attorney Accused of Smuggling Heroin, Cell Phone to Gang Members in Jail

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 1, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Jason John Keller, 34, of Tempe, was charged today with one count of conspiracy to commit promoting prison contraband, three counts of promoting prison contraband and three counts of assisting a criminal street gang. Keller is a defense attorney practicing in Arizona.

Indictments, Arrests Made in Long-Term Phoenix Gang Investigation

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 1, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard, Department of Public Safety Director Roger Vanderpool, FBI Special Agent in Charge John Lewis, Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris and Pete Zegarac, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Phoenix Division, today announced that 35 individuals were indicted and five individuals arrested as the result of the fourth phase of Operation Blank Check, a long-term investigation of gang-related drug trafficking and criminal fraud in Phoenix.

Terry Goddard Announces Landmark $62 Million Pharmaceutical Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 7, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a record $62 million dollar settlement with Eli Lilly and Company (Eli Lilly), relating to the company’s alleged improper marketing of the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa®.

Today’s settlement is the largest ever multi-state consumer protection-based pharmaceutical settlement. This settlement follows a $58 million agreement with Merck in May 2008 regarding its product Vioxx. Arizona’s share of today’s settlement will be $ 2,205,705.

Terry Goddard Announces Accord with Shell Oil to Curb Tobacco Sales to Minors

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 8, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced an agreement with Shell Oil Products US (Shell) and its joint venture Motiva Enterprises LLC (Motiva) in which Shell and Motiva will establish procedures designed to reduce sales of cigarettes to minors at their retail locations.

Attorneys General of 45 other states and the District of Columbia participated in this agreement. It covers tobacco sales at more than 13,000 Shell and Motiva gas stations nationwide, including 281 Shell stations in Arizona.

Pima County Corrections Officers Charged with Computer Tampering

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 9, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Sameer Ibrahim Qasem, 39, of Tucson, was charged with 26 counts of computer tampering, and Keith Anthony Doty, 22, of Tucson, was charged with eight counts of computer tampering, all Class 6 felonies.

Between March 2007 and May 2008, Doty and Qasem, both Pima County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Officers, allegedly accessed a Pima County Sheriff’s Department database for purposes outside of their official law enforcement responsibilities.

Terry Goddard Urges Broad Adoption of Mortgage Modification Program

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 9, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he and other members of the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group have called upon sub-prime mortgage servicers nationwide to adopt streamlined loan modification programs.

In a letter sent Tuesday to 16 of the nation’s largest sub-prime mortgage servicers, Goddard and other Working Group members urged the companies to develop loan modification programs similar to the one being implemented by Countrywide as part of a multi-state settlement announced Monday.

Arizona Receives Federal DNA Grant

National Institute of Justice Awards Funds to Help Prisoners Wrongly Convicted

The United States Department of Justice, through its National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has awarded a $1,386,699 grant to the State of Arizona for post-conviction DNA testing of forcible rape, murder, and non-negligent manslaughter cases that might demonstrate actual innocence. Under this grant, Arizona could become one of the first states in America to systematically and categorically identify inmates in which DNA might resolve questions about actual innocence and then conduct the needed testing.

Phoenix Executive Charged with Embezzling $11 Million

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 15, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Douglas Ross Zuber, 40, of Phoenix, has been indicted on one count of money laundering, one count of theft and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. The charges relate to Zuber’s alleged embezzlement of nearly $11 million from his employer, Harvard Investments, Inc. (Harvard), and its subsidiaries.

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