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02/2009

Habitual Con Artist Receives 10-Year Prison Sentence

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 26, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that Laura Lee Medley, 37, of Las Vegas, a con artist with eight prior felony convictions, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for making fraudulent medical claims. 

Medley, who claimed that medical conditions caused her to need a wheelchair, got up from her wheelchair and ran from officers who arrested her in May of 2006. In addition to her prison sentence, Medley has agreed to repay $7,247 to victims she defrauded. 

Terry Goddard Settles Sexual Discrimination Suit against Marana Health Center

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 5, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Marana Health Center resolving allegations that the Marana-based medical provider violated the Arizona Civil Rights Act when it did not select Dr. Joy Mockbee for the company’s medical director position because of her gender.    

A lawsuit filed by the state in May 2007 alleged that Dr. Mockbee had been an associate medical director for Marana Health Center in 2005 and had applied for the Center’s vacant medical director position when it was posted.   

Attorney General's Office to Implement Furlough Program

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 6, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that he will begin a furlough program as a major part of his Office's cost-cutting to meet its reduced budget for the current fiscal year. 

The program requires employees of the Office who make more than $50,000 to take off eight days without pay over the rest of the '09 fiscal year, which ends June 30. He estimates the furlough savings at $1.15 million.  

Goddard Settles Allegations against Bayer over Birth Control Pill

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 9, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today filed a judgment against Bayer Corporation resolving claims that the company misled women with television advertisements claiming that its popular oral contraceptive, Yaz, is effective for alleviating PMS. 

This is Goddard’s third enforcement action in the past year requiring a pharmaceutical company to make consumers aware of the true risks and limitations of drugs marketed on TV. 

Terry Goddard Wins Lawsuit to Protect Luke AFB from Encroachment

(Phoenix, Ariz. — Feb. 10, 2009) Maricopa County must comply with state law and stop issuing residential building permits within the high noise and accident potential zones surrounding Luke Air Force Base (Luke AFB), according to a ruling today by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Edward Burke.   

The ruling, which found in favor of the State on all claims, also: 

Man Sent to Prison for Impersonating Officer, Forging Prescriptions

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 11, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard and Department of Insurance Director Christina Urias today announced that former Phoenix Police Officer Robert Edward Dziezynski, 33, of Mesa, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and seven years probation for impersonating a police officer and forging prescriptions to purchase narcotic drugs. He was also ordered to pay $77,350 in restitution.  

In January 2008, Dziezynski pleaded guilty to one count of impersonating a peace officer, a class 4 felony, and one count of fraud schemes, a class 2 felony.  

Terry Goddard Announces $500,000 Settlement with Scottsdale Dating Service

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 23, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $500,000 settlement with Sun West Video, Inc., doing business as Great Expectations for Singles (Great Expectations), a dating service located in Scottsdale.  

According to the settlement, Great Expectations must pay $250,000 in restitution to eligible consumers who were victimized by the company’s deceptive practices. The remaining $250,000 will be paid to the state for consumer fraud prevention. 

Man Given 4.5 Year Prison Term for Selling Fake IDs

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Feb. 24, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that Julio Garcia, 27, a citizen of Mexico, has been sentenced in to four-and-a- half years in prison after pleading guilty to Forgery, a class 4 felony, in connection with the sale of fraudulent identification documents.  

Garcia, who had recently served a prison term for burglary under the name of Leonardo Ortiz Leon, was sentenced last week in Maricopa County Superior Court.