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11/2008

Scottsdale Man Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Seniors

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 26, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Hayden Holland, 47, of Scottsdale, has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, followed by seven years of probation, and ordered to pay $7.8 million in restitution.

Last January, Holland pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, a Class 2 felony, and two counts of securities fraud, a Class 4 felony, relating to a securities scheme he ran which defrauded some 70 elderly investors of more than $7 million.

Terry Goddard Announces Multi-State Agreement with Craigslist

(Phoenix, Ariz. – November 6, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a multi-state agreement with Craigslist to crack down on inappropriate content, including solicitations for child prostitution, in the “erotic services” section of its online classified ad Web site. Forty-two other state Attorneys General and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) joined in the agreement.

Phoenix Man Convicted for Operating Home Meth Lab

(Phoenix, Ariz. – November 7, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that a Maricopa County Superior Court jury has convicted Joseph George Martinez, Sr., 43, of Phoenix, on six felony counts related to his production and sale of methamphetamine from his home in West Phoenix.

The charges included one count of Manufacture of Methamphetamine, one count of Possession for Sale of Methamphetamine, one count of Conspiracy, one count of Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, one count of Possession of Marijuana and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Terry Goddard Forms Military, Veterans Advisory Council

(Phoenix, Ariz. – November 10, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the formation of the Attorney General’s Military & Veterans Advisory Council. In recognition of Veterans Day, Goddard will hold the inaugural meeting of the Council on Wednesday, November 12. Goddard will also attend the 2008 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday, November 11.

Attorney General’s Military & Veterans Advisory Council

Former Nogales Police Officer Convicted of Sexual Assault, Kidnapping

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 14, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that former Nogales Police Officer Ramon Borbon, 40, of Nogales, was convicted of Sexual Assault, a Class 2 felony, Kidnapping, a Class 2 felony, Sexual Abuse, a Class 5 felony and Obstructing a Criminal Investigation, a Class 5 felony, in Pima County Superior Court yesterday.

The sexual assault and kidnapping charges stem from a September 2005 incident in which Borbon, while in uniform, knowingly restrained a 19-year-old Nogales woman with the intent to inflict harm and then sexually assaulted her.

Terry Goddard Sues Tucson Adoption Agency for Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 18, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today filed a lawsuit against Commonwealth Adoptions International, Inc. (Commonwealth) in Tucson. Commonwealth allegedly violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act when it failed to refund nearly $215,000 to families after the company shut down earlier this year.

Also named in the suit are Commonwealth President, Marina Mayhew, Director of Operations Dawn Hill and board members Jim Sellers, James Mayhew, Dan Bish and William Hundelang.

Terry Goddard Cites Big Decline in Smoking 10 Years After Tobacco Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 21, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today made note of the significant decline in cigarette smoking in Arizona and across the nation since the landmark agreement between state attorneys general and big tobacco was reached 10 years ago.

Sunday, Nov. 23, marks the 10-year anniversary of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), a settlement among attorneys general of 46 states, including Arizona, and six territories and more than 40 tobacco companies.

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