(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 30, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Department of Financial Institutions’ Superintendent Felecia Rotellini today announced a joint lawsuit against Hurricane Motor Sales (Hurricane), a Tucson used car dealership. Also named in the suit are Hurricane’s owners and managers John David Franklin and John David Franklin, Jr. Goddard and Rotellini allege that the defendants violated both the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and the Arizona Motor Vehicle Time Sales Act.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 30, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that a Maricopa County jury has found against John A. LaVoie, 52, of Tucson, on racketeering charges connected with his prostitution business and ordered him to pay the state close to $2 million in civil forfeitures.
The forfeitures include $850,000 in racketeering proceeds and $81,000 in cash seized when search warrants were executed. The jury also ordered LaVoie to forfeit an office building worth between $750,000 and $1 million.
(Phoenix, Ariz. -- July 29, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard asserted Maricopa County's responsibility to protect Luke Air Force Base from encroachment in a letter sent to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors today.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 28, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of David Jerome Green, 37, of Tucson, on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to the indictment, investigators found 10 images and a movie containing pornographic images of children on Green’s home computer in Tucson. Knowingly possessing a visual or print medium in which minors under 15 years of age are engaged in exploitative exhibition or other sexual conduct is considered sexual exploitation of a minor under Arizona law.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 24, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard gave testimony today in Washington, D.C., at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Crimes Associated with Polygamy: The Need for a Coordinated State and Federal Response.”
Goddard discussed the Attorney General’s Office’s work to combat abuse and fraud in the communities of Colorado City, Ariz. and Hildale, Utah, over the past five years. He also explained the need for increased federal involvement in the investigation and prosecution of polygamy-related crimes.
PHOENIX—The Arizona Corporation Commission and Attorney General Terry Goddard are warning Arizona business owners that an organization calling itself the “Board of Business Compliance” is sending out official-looking documents to advertise its service of preparing annual meeting minutes for corporations. The solicitation, requesting payment of a $125 fee, is not a Corporation Commission document and the Board of Business Compliance is not in any way affiliated with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 18, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a 53-count indictment of Morris Clyde Kuykendall, 62, of Lake Havasu City, on charges of fraud, theft, securities fraud and transactions by unregistered dealers or salesmen.
According to court documents, Kuykendall took $950,000 from people who invested with Kuypow, Inc., a Lake Havasu City company owned by the defendant and his wife. He offered high interest rates with even higher interest rate returns for larger investments.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 16, 2008) The Attorney General’s Office today concluded that the Arizona House of Representatives does not have legal authority to provide funding to the Arizona Department of Education for two scholarship programs without a specific appropriation.
The scholarships would allow families with disabled children and families with foster children to send them to schools of their choice.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 10, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Victor Varela, 23, of Columbus, New Mexico, pleaded guilty today to one count of fraud and one count of forgery in connection with a major arms trafficking case.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 9, 2008) A Yuma County Superior Court jury today sentenced Vincent Lee Accardo, 60, of Yuma, to death in the 1997 killing of Kenneth Cloud, 55, of Bard, Calif. On June 27, the jury found Accardo guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the 1997 death.
In December 1997, Cloud was sitting in his pickup truck outside Burgers and Beer, 321