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05/2009

Terry Goddard Announces Deceptive Ad Settlement with Prescott Car Dealer

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 28, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $117,000 settlement with Tim’s Buick, Pontiac and GMC Truck, Inc. and Tim’s Auto Group (“Tim’s Auto Group”), resolving allegations of numerous incidents of deceptive advertising by the Prescottbased auto dealer. 

Throughout 2006 and 2007, the Attorney General’s Office received complaints from consumers that advertising materials sent out by Tim’s Auto Group were deceiving or misleading. As a result, the Office opened a consumer fraud investigation into the company.  

No One Hurt in Fire at Terry Goddard’s Home

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 5, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard, his wife and son are safe following a fire at their home in downtown Phoenix early this morning.  

A detached garage used by the family as a workshop and storage facility caught fire and burned down before dawn this morning. Thankfully, no one was injured and the family’s house was not damaged. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

The Attorney General and his family are grateful for the swift and effective response by the Phoenix Fire Department and Phoenix Police Department.  

U.S. Treasury Secretary to Consider Border Security Steps Pioneered in Arizona

(Phoenix, Ariz. — May 13, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Assistant Attorney General Cameron Holmes, one of Goddard’s top prosecutors and a national antimoney laundering expert, is in Washington today to advise U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other members of a Treasury Department committee about successful border security tactics pioneered in Arizona.   

Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Task Force Urges Consumers at Risk of Foreclosure to Be Prepared Workbook developed to help consumers have discussion with lenders

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 13, 2009) Consumers at risk of foreclosure are encouraged to do their homework before contacting lenders and servicers.  The Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Task Force has developed an easy to understand workbook to guide families through different options and scenarios in order to prepare for meeting with lenders or certified counselor at a HUD approved agency.  The workbook is available free to consumers who are faced with foreclosure or who feel that may be at risk of missing a mortgage payment. 

Goddard Files Action to Prevent Closure of Tucson Citizen

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 15, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today filed a motion in Federal Court in Tucson for a temporary restraining order to prevent Gannett Corp. from closing the Tucson Citizen.   

A lawsuit filed along with the motion alleges that Gannett’s closure of the Citizen violates state and federal anti-trust laws. According to court documents, closing the Citizen is the result of an agreement between Gannett and Lee Enterprises, Inc. (Lee), owner of the Arizona Daily Star, to eliminate competition and increase profits to both companies.  

Terry Goddard Announces $1 Million Pricing Settlement with Wal-Mart

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 19, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $1 million settlement of a consumer fraud lawsuit regarding price accuracy against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the largest retailer in the nation and in Arizona. According to the agreement, Wal-Mart has committed to establish a rigorous price inspection and monitoring system to ensure that all of its Arizona consumers have access to accurate and clearly posted prices.

Terry Goddard Announces Student Winners of Meth Project Poster Contest

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 21, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the winners of the Meth NOT EVEN ONCE Poster Contest. 

Goddard recognized the following winning students:  

  • First Place: Alison Calabrese, Wigwam Creek Middle School, Litchfield Park 
  • Second Place: Caessar Saldana, Mohave Middle School, Scottsdale 
  • Third Place: Brandon Chheng, Royal Palm Middle School, Phoenix 

Goddard also awarded honorable mention recognition to:  

Tucson Museum Accountant Charged in $973,000 Embezzlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 4, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Ruth Sons, 65, of Tucson, has been indicted on three counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices, three counts of theft and one count of illegally conducting an enterprise, all felonies.  

Between 2003 and 2008, Sons allegedly embezzled $973,010 from the Tucson Museum of Art, where she had been employed as a bookkeeper and accountant since 1990.