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07/2009

Goddard Asks Mortgage Servicers to Speed Up Loan Modifications

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 31, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard is calling upon mortgage loan servicers active in Arizona to make significant improvements to their loan modification programs for homeowners at risk of foreclosure.  

In a letter to servicers today, Goddard cited the need to “streamline the process for eligible consumers to obtain modifications and to move consumers into sustainable mortgages.”  

Tempe Union High School Bookstore Manager Charged with Embezzlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 8, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Rebecca Sue Soto, 49, of Tempe, has been indicted on one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices and one count of theft, both class 2 felonies. 

Between July 2006 and July 2008, Soto allegedly embezzled over $192,000 from Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD), where she had been employed as bookstore manager for McClintock High School since 1992.   

Terry Goddard Announces Indictments in Pinal County Fraud, ID Theft Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- July 8, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced indictments of four Pinal County residents on a long list of fraud, forgery, ID theft and drug charges.  

The defendants are Albert Robbs, 51; Larry Garcia, 47; Cheryl Ann Parsons, 33, and her mother, Carol Louise Lewis, 61. All four live in Florence.  

Goddard Files Suit Against Massive Real Estate Fraud Scheme

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 9, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against numerous Tucson real estate professionals and businesses alleging a sophisticated, multi-million-dollar real estate fraud scheme.  

The lawsuit, filed in Pima County Superior Court, alleges that the defendants engaged in a sophisticated system of fraud that led to the filing of foreclosure notices on more than 130 homes and caused substantial harm to investors, lenders and rent-to-own homebuyers. 

DEA, Arizona AG to Hold Press Conference on Prescription Drug Bust Involving Mohave County Physician

(Phoenix, Ariz. — July 13, 2009) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Elizabeth W. Kempshall and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will hold a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. to announce the results of a two-year long investigation involving the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. The press conference will be held at the DEA’s Phoenix Office, 3010 N. 2nd St. 

Goddard Sues Mortgage Loan Modification Company for Deceptive Practices

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 13, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard has filed a lawsuit against a Phoenix based mortgage loan modification company, Santoya Financial Company, LLC and its owners, Thomas Montoya and Robert Sanchez, for engaging in deceptive practices. This lawsuit is the latest action in Goddard’s crackdown on mortgage loan modification businesses that engage in fraudulent advertising and other deceptive practices. 

Physician Accused of Multiple Crimes in Massive Prescription Drug Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. — July 13, 2009) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Elizabeth W. Kempshall and Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the filing of felony charges and the Maricopa County Superior Court’s issuance of a $10 million seizure warrant against a Nevada doctor who allegedly wrote illegal drug prescriptions for patients at a clinic he operated in Mohave County. He also allegedly collected $3.5 million in fraudulent insurance claims, including $2.5 million from the State of Arizona.  

Goddard in Washington to Advocate for Border Security, Luke AFB

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 15, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard is in Washington, D.C. today to advocate for improved federal support combating one of Arizona’s greatest challenges, border violence. Goddard will also meet with a top Air Force official to express support for Luke Air Force Base as the home of the future F-35 joint strike fighter.  

Terry Goddard Announces National Crackdown on Mortgage Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 15, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced ‘Operation Loan Lies,’ a national crackdown involving over 180 law enforcement actions against deceptive mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification operations.  Goddard was joined in today’s announcement by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Department of Justice and 18 state Attorneys General and District Attorneys from across the nation.  

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