(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 31, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Bobby John Herrera, 33, of Glendale, has been indicted on one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, one count of money laundering, one count of illegal control of an enterprise and five counts of theft. The charges, all felonies, relate to a mortgage “assistance” scam Herrera allegedly orchestrated, victimizing at least 10 Valley homeowners facing foreclosure.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 31, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard is urging consumers who need to obtain converter boxes to act quickly to prepare for the digital television transition on February 17, 2009.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 30, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a lawsuit against Central Coast Nutraceuticals, Inc. (CCN) in Phoenix. The company allegedly violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act when it engaged in a pattern of deceptive practices in its online sales of nutritional products.
CCN President and CEO Graham Gibson of Scottsdale is also named as a defendant in the suit.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 29, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Maricopa County Superior Court has dismissed Western Union Financial Services v. Terry Goddard, a lawsuit that impeded his Office’s ability to stop money transfers sent to pay human smugglers.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 23, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the break-up of the Garibaldi-Lopez Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), a bi-national syndicate believed to have smuggled up to 400,000 pounds of marijuana annually from Mexico into the United States since 2003.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 19, 2008) A year-long investigation of a major drug-trafficking and criminal fraud ring in Phoenix has led to the indictment of 94 individuals and the arrest of at least 20 today in the latest phase of “Operation Blank Check.”
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 18, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard, along with Attorneys General from 12 other states and the City Attorney of San Francisco, today announced an agreement reached with MillerCoors that will result in the nationwide discontinuance of caffeine and other stimulants from the best-selling pre-mixed alcoholic energy drink in the country, Sparks. As part of the agreement, MillerCoors also agreed not to produce any caffeinated alcohol beverages in the future.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 17, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that former Page Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Greg Conway, 57, of Mesa, today pleaded guilty to theft and agreed to pay $85,000 in restitution.
Conway pleaded guilty to one count of theft, a Class 3 felony, and one count of attempted misuse of public money, a Class 5 felony, in Maricopa County Superior Court.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 17, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that former Nogales Police Officer Ramon Borbon, 40, of Nogales, was sentenced today to serve 9.5 years in prison.
Last month, a Pima County jury convicted Borbon 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, following a 14-day trial in Tucson.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 15, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that allows smokers to use state consumer protection laws to sue tobacco companies for allegedly deceptive marketing of their popular "light" and "low-tar" brands.