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Terry Goddard Announces $60 Million Settlement with Pfizer

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 22, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced a $60 million settlement today with Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer). The settlement resolves a lengthy investigation by Attorneys General from 32 states and the District of Columbia into the company’s promotion of the drugs Celebrex® and Bextra®.

Arizona’s share of the $60 million payment is $2,500,656. The settlement takes the form of a consent judgment and does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing.

Statewide Endangered Person Alert System Announced

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 22, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard, Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Roger Vanderpool, and Art Brooks, President and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters’ Association, today announced the creation of a new statewide public safety alert system.

The Arizona Endangered Person Alert system will notify the public when an adult suffering from a significant health problem or a medically-diagnosed disability (such as Alzheimer’s disease) goes missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances.

Phoenix Executive Charged with Embezzling $11 Million

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 15, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Douglas Ross Zuber, 40, of Phoenix, has been indicted on one count of money laundering, one count of theft and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. The charges relate to Zuber’s alleged embezzlement of nearly $11 million from his employer, Harvard Investments, Inc. (Harvard), and its subsidiaries.

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 Urges Broad Adoption of Mortgage Modification Program

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 9, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he and other members of the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group have called upon sub-prime mortgage servicers nationwide to adopt streamlined loan modification programs.

In a letter sent Tuesday to 16 of the nation’s largest sub-prime mortgage servicers, Goddard and other Working Group members urged the companies to develop loan modification programs similar to the one being implemented by Countrywide as part of a multi-state settlement announced Monday.

Arizona Receives Federal DNA Grant

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE AWARDS FUNDS TO HELP PRISONERS WRONGLY CONVICTED

The United States Department of Justice, through its National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has awarded a $1,386,699 grant to the State of Arizona for post-conviction DNA testing of forcible rape, murder, and non-negligent manslaughter cases that might demonstrate actual innocence. Under this grant, Arizona could become one of the first states in America to systematically and categorically identify inmates in which DNA might resolve questions about actual innocence and then conduct the needed testing.

Company Agrees to Safeguards for Student Information

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 30, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $200,000 settlement with Educational Research Center of America, Inc. (ERCA), a New Jersey-based, not-for-profit corporation. According to the settlement, ERCA must improve its practices for obtaining and handling personal information it collects through nationwide surveys of high school students.