Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




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 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.

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.

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.

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.