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02/2010

DPS Employee Indicted for Illegally Accessing Databases

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 2, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Teisa Simone Mayfield Vallejo, 24, of Surprise, has been indicted on two counts of unauthorized access to criminal history.  

On June 16, 2009, while she was employed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Vallejo is alleged to have accessed two secure criminal history record databases to search for information on her sister-in-law without a lawful purpose. She is currently on administrative leave from DPS.

State and County Officials Adopt Agreement on Luke AFB Encroachment Issue

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Feb. 4, 2010) PHOENIX – Gov.  Jan Brewer, Attorney General Terry Goddard and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors today adopted an agreement to resolve a long-standing issue involving residential encroachment around Luke Air Force Base at a special meeting of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors held at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.

Deadline is Fast Approaching Contest to Raise Awareness of Elder Abuse

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Feb. 8, 2010)  In an effort to make young people aware of the tragedy of elder abuse, Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Arizona Area Agencies on Aging and the Arizona Elder Abuse Coalition have partnered to sponsor the 2010 “Why Should I Care about Elder Abuse?” student arts competition.

“This is the second year we have held this competition, and it has helped increase attention to elder abuse,” said Goddard. “While my office continues to prosecute those who commit this crime, only through awareness can we stop abuse before it begins.”

Tucson Woman Given 18.5 Years in Prison for Abuse of Elderly Man

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 10, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that Linda Darlene Giles, 58, of Tucson, has been sentenced in Pima County Superior Court to 18.5 years in prison for financial abuse of a vulnerable adult and emotional abuse of a vulnerable adult. She must also pay $540,000 in restitution. 

In March 2009, Giles was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison for manslaughter in the death of James Carafas, who was 85 years old. The sentence for abuse will be served concurrently with the manslaughter sentence. 

Terry Goddard Secures Indictment Against Police Officer For Computer Tampering Charges

(Phoenix, Ariz. - February 10, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Tucson Police Officer Angel Montalvo, 30, has been indicted on nine counts of computer tampering, one count of trafficking in the identity of another person, one count of aggravated taking the identity of another person, and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. The charges include nine Class 6 felonies, one Class 3 felony and two Class 2 felonies.

Terry Goddard Announces Historic Settlement Giving Law Enforcement Greater Resources to Fight Border Crime

(Phoenix, Ariz. Feb. 11, 2010)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Western Union Financial Services, Inc. today announced a ground-breaking, $94 million settlement agreement which will provide substantial new resources for law enforcement authorities in the four Southwest border states to combat illegal activity along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

Terry Goddard Recognizes “Officer of the Year” at Annual MADD Dinner

(Phoenix, Ariz. – February 12, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard tonight will present the “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award” to an Arizona DUI officer at the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Recognition Dinner at the Desert Willows Conference Center in Phoenix.

MADD's Law Enforcement Recognition banquet honors law enforcement officers, agencies, and prosecuting attorneys throughout Arizona for their dedication to the fight against drunk driving. These individuals have truly made a positive impact in the communities in which we work and live.

Consumer News: Telemarketing Scams

Every year, thousands of consumers lose money to telemarketing con artists.  Telephone con artists will say anything to try to cheat people out of money.  They may call you and imply that they work for a company you trust, or they may send direct mail or place ads to convince you to call them.  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizona consumers to use caution when receiving telemarketing calls.

Q. How can consumers limit the number of telemarketing calls that they receive?

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