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06/2009

Repeat Felon Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Child Pornography, ID Theft

(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.

New Chrysler Company Will Honor Lemon Law Obligations

(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.   

Fraud Artist who Victimized 47 Homeowners Gets Five-Year Prison Term

(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.  

Terry Goddard Announces Settlement with Payless Car Rental over Windshield Charges

(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.  

Undocumented Immigrant Sentenced to Prison for Selling Fake IDs

(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.  

Tucson Auto Dealers Charged with Fraud, Money Laundering

(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.  

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