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09/2009

Goddard Sues to Stop Alleged Scam that Targeted Arizona Businesses

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 30, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard has filed a lawsuit against the operators of an alleged scam that targeted more than 130,000 Arizona businesses between November 2008 and May 2009 and collected more than $350,000 from them.

Goddard filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court against Y.M.S., Inc., a Nevada corporation doing business as “Arizona Corporate Headquarters”; Y.M.S. president Gaston Muhammad, 43, of Georgia, and his wife and vice-president of Y.M.S., Ronna Muhammad, age unknown, also of Georgia.

Terry Goddard Announces Anti-Crime Classes for Seniors

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 14, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced plans for his office to host a series of Senior Anti-Crime Universities, designed to teach attendees to detect scams against seniors and help others avoid frauds, scams and abuse.

Each university will offer a half-day of classes in consumer fraud and scams, identity theft, life care planning/health care directives, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, financial exploitation, elder abuse and neglect, Internet safety and charitable giving. Local police will also teach a course in personal safety.

Tucson Museum Bookkeeper Given 5 Year Term for Embezzling Nearly $1 Million

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 3, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Ruth Sons, 62, of Tucson, was sentenced today in Pima County Superior Court to five years in prison. She must also pay $973,010 in restitution.

Between 2003 and 2008, Sons allegedly embezzled $973,010 from the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA), where she was employed as a bookkeeper and accountant. Last month, Sons pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, both felonies.