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12/2008

Glendale Man Indicted for Mortgage Loan ‘Assistance’ Scam

(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.

Supreme Court Upholds Probable Cause in Seizing Western Union Transfers

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 5, 2008) The Arizona Supreme Court has declined Western Union’s petition to review the issue of whether the Court of Appeals improperly found probable cause to seize money transfers, in an order issued late Thursday. In the same order, the Court granted review of two other issues appealed by Western Union.

In response, Attorney General Terry Goddard said:

Attorney General’s Office to Argue State v. Johnson at U.S. Supreme Court

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 8, 2008) The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in an Arizona case regarding a Tucson police officer’s pat-down search of Lemon Montrea Johnson during a traffic stop.

Assistant Attorneys General Joe Parkhurst and Kent Cattani will represent the State in the case of State of Arizona vs. Lemon Montrea Johnson on Tuesday at 8 a.m. MST.

Terry Goddard Issues Opinion on Air Quality Control Measure

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 15, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today released a legal Opinion making clear that enforcement of a 2007 state law requiring the paving and stabilization of parking lots and driveways to help control air pollution would not result in a taking of property requiring compensation.

State Senator Carolyn S. Allen requested the Opinion to clarify the relevant state statutes, and specifically, whether they would be considered a taking that would require compensation.

Former Nogales Police Officer Receives Nine-Year Prison Sentence

(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.

Former Page School Superintendent Pleads Guilty to Theft

(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.

Terry Goddard Announces MillerCoors to Halt All Alcoholic Energy Drinks

(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.

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