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02/2010

Strengthening Law Enforcement to Fight Border Crime

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Feb. 19, 2010) The following My Turn column is written
by Attorney General Terry Goddard regarding his Feb. 14-17 visit to Mexico
to meet with top law enforcement officials about increasing border security.
 


The challenging fight against organized crime on both sides of the border can be waged
most effectively when law enforcement strategies by both nations are closely coordinated.
A series of top-level meetings in Mexico last week moved us significantly closer to 
maximizing our efforts.  

Terry Goddard Announces Prison Term for Former Surgeon Who Ran Illegal Pharmacy

(Phoenix, Ariz. – February 25, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Lawrence Carl Runke, 66, of Clarksdale, has been sentenced to four years in prison, followed by five years probation, for operating an illegal pharmacy.  The pharmacy, Global Medicines LLC in Cottonwood, generated more than $1.5 million in revenue since 2005 and was purchasing unapproved drugs from suppliers in India and reselling the drugs to consumers across the country. 

Woman Charged with Defrauding Investors $500,000

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 1, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Deborah Cheryl Bennett, 56, has been indicted on eight felony counts in connection with an Arizona investment scheme that defrauded 32 investors of more than $500,000.

When she operated the alleged scheme in 2006 and 2007, Bennett was active in social and civic affairs in the Phoenix area. She subsequently moved to Kenosha, Wis., remarried and changed her name to Deborah Cheryl Paura.

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