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08/2009

Goddard Pushes for New U.S. Consumer Agency

(Phoenix, Ariz. — Aug. 18, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard is urging Congress to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), saying the new agency “promises to be an effective check on the recent excesses of the financial industry.” 

Goddard, along with 23 other state Attorneys General, sent a letter late Monday to leaders of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee, voicing strong support for the CFPA proposed by the Obama Administration. 

Terry Goddard Files Lawsuit to Stop Alleged Property Tax Scam

(Phoenix, Ariz. — August 14, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he has filed a lawsuit and obtained a temporary restraining order to stop the perpetrators of an alleged fraud that claimed a homeowner’s property qualified for a “property tax reduction review.”  The official-looking advertisement appeared to be an attempt to scam homeowners who were looking to reduce their property tax bill.  

Arizona Law Enforcement, Firearms Industry Join Forces to Stop Illegal Purchases of Firearms

What:  
Press Conference to announce the “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy” campaign in Tucson 

Who:  
Greg Stanton, Deputy Attorney General, Arizona Attorney General’s Office
John J. Tuchi, Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona
Bill Newell, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Phoenix Field Division
Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation 

When:  
Thursday, August 13, 2009 
10 a.m. 

Statement from Attorney General Terry Goddard On Supplemental Border Funds for Operation Stonegarden

(Phoenix, Ariz. — Aug. 11, 2009) U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced an additional $30 million allocation for Operation Stonegarden this year.  Arizona law enforcement will receive $7,223,737 of the funds, according to a statement released earlier today by DHS. 

Goddard Warns College Students to be Wary of Campus Credit Card Offers

(Phoenix, Ariz. — August 11, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning college students to do their homework before accepting offers from credit card companies marketing to them on campus as they return to school in the coming days. Even though most credit cards are not being marketed as aggressively as in years past, companies will be setting up shop in bookstores and student unions offering food, clothes and other goodies in exchange for a credit card application.   

Goddard Calls Mortgage Modification Report ‘Dismal’

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 4, 2009)  Responding to a report issued today on the results of the federal “Making Home Affordable” loan modification program, Attorney General Terry Goddard again called upon mortgage loan servicers to ramp up their efforts to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure.  

According to the report, Arizona lenders and servicers vary greatly in the results of their modification programs. Many of the lenders with the biggest Arizona market shares have only single-digit success rates in their modification programs.  

Goddard Calls Upon Mexico AG to Help Improve Border Law Enforcement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 1, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard will meet with Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza, Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico, and other senior Mexican law enforcement officials later today to discuss ways to improve cross-border investigations of border crimes, such as human, drug and weapons smuggling. Goddard is also calling upon Mora to use Mexican criminal statutes to prosecute cross-border drug smugglers who are caught in the U.S., but possess amounts of drugs that do not meet U.S. prosecution standards.