(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 26, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Felecia A. Rotellini, Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, today announced a consumer fraud lawsuit against the owners and managers of two used motor vehicle dealerships, LD Automotive Group in Cave Creek and Phoenix-based 2020 Automotive.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 3, 2009) The Arizona Supreme Court today issued a ruling that provides important clarifications about the Attorney General’s Office’s ability to seize wire transfers to Mexico intended to pay for human smuggling operations in Arizona.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 4, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Christopher Richard Breiland, 39, of Phoenix, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, lifetime probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
In February, Breiland pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of aggravated taking the identity of another.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 4, 2009) – Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Fiat and the new Chrysler Group LLC have agreed to honor the “Lemon Law” rights of existing Chrysler owners when the new company effectively takes control of the U.S. automaker later this month, pending court approval.
State Lemon Laws provide consumers with rights and procedures to obtain a refund or a replacement vehicle if a new vehicle develops a significant problem that can’t be repaired after a certain number of repair attempts. Details about Arizona’s law are below.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 5, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Bobby John Herrera, 33, of Glendale, has been sentenced to five years in prison as the result of a mortgage loan assistance scam he orchestrated that victimized 47 Valley homeowners. Herrera was also ordered to pay $80,541 in restitution to victims.
In December 2008, Herrera was arrested by Surprise and Peoria police in connection with the scheme. He pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, a Class 2 felony, in Maricopa County Superior Court in April.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 9, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $139,000 settlement with PCR Venture of Phoenix, LLC, which conducts business as Payless Car Rental.
The State’s investigation revealed that Payless charged at least 80 customers for windshield damage for which they were not responsible. Renters took possession of vehicles, unaware that the windshields had one or more pre-existing chips. When the renters returned the vehicles, Payless held them responsible for the damage and attempted to collect the cost of replacing the windshield from them.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 10, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions and sentences of former Baptist Foundation of Arizona executives William Crotts and Thomas Grabinski.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 10, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Aaron Arredondo, 40, of Dana Point, Calif., has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of orchestrating a $1.2 million investment scam.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - June 11, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the conviction and sentencing of an undocumented alien residing in Phoenix for making and selling counterfeit Social Security cards and resident alien cards.
Mexican national Camillo Nava-Nava, 22, who lived in Phoenix, was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of trafficking in the identity of another.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - June 16, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of John David “Jay” Franklin, 47, of Tucson, and John D. Franklin, Sr., 72, of Tucson, on charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft, illegally conducting an enterprise and money laundering.
The Franklins owned and operated Hurricane Motors, a used car dealership located in Tucson. They are alleged to have stolen approximately $50,000 from Hurricane customers as well as $145,000 from Car Financial Services, Inc (“CFI”), a motor vehicle financing company.