Attorney General Terry Goddard’s Statement on the Budget

(Phoenix, Ariz. — July 31, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard issued the following statement on this morning’s budget situation:  

"The Legislature and Governor have, once again, failed in their most basic constitutional duty - passing a balanced budget. This gridlock just makes Arizona's economic situation worse and reveals a total lack of leadership at the Capitol."

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.”  

Four Charged with Defrauding Domestic Violence Shelter of $100,000

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 24, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment and arrest of four persons accused of defrauding the Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter in Parker, Ariz., of nearly $100,000. 

Suzanne Foss, 48, Terry Foss, 49, Kristopher Foss, 27, and Alicia Torres, 25, are accused of theft, fraudulent schemes and artifices, conspiracy and conducting an illegal enterprise. All four defendants are from Parker. The Fosses were arrested Wednesday in North Carolina. 

Attorney General Goddard Announces $5 Million Settlement with DISH Network

(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 16, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that DISH Network, L.L.C. will pay $5,991,000 to settle consumer protection allegations with attorneys general in 46 states. The states alleged the satellite TV provider and its third-party retailers engaged in deceptive and unfair sales practices. The company denied any wrongdoing.   

In addition to the $5.9 million, DISH Network agreed to pay restitution to consumers and to enter into an agreement that limits how it can market services in the future.   

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.  

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.