Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Terry Goddard Presents 2010 Victims’ Rights Awards

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 19, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today presented his Office’s 2010 Distinguished Service Awards to victims’ rights leaders in Arizona for their outstanding service to crime victims.

“Today we pay special tribute to those who provide services to crime victims and have shown leadership, innovation, and commitment to improving services,” Goddard said.  “These men and women are shining examples of the extraordinary efforts made every day to be sure that victims are treated with fairness, dignity and respect."

Terry Goddard Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 5, 2010) On average, one child is abused or neglected every hour in Arizona. Last year, Arizona Child Protective Services received more than 33,000 reports involving the alleged maltreatment of some 49,000 children. Nationally, five children die every day from child abuse.

Those grim statistics give Attorney General Terry Goddard good reason to call attention to National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Tuesday’s Arizona Day of Hope Event at the State Capitol. 

Terry Goddard's Statement Regarding H.B. 2035 - Payday Loan Industry

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 7, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard issued the following statement today after the Arizona Senate Finance Committee removed H.B. 2035 from its agenda. The bill was the latest effort by the payday loan industry to stay in business in Arizona. 

“The people of Arizona have a strong sense of right and wrong. The voters spoke out clearly in 2008 against the payday lenders initiative. I was proud to stand with the voters in vocal opposition to that initiative.

Terry Goddard Sues on Behalf of 552 Arizona Corporations to Stop Deceptive Business

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 7, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard has today announced a lawsuit alleging deceptive business practices against Vahe Zakaryan, 45, of Glendale, Calif., whose business operated under the name of Board of Business Compliance. The lawsuit is the latest action in the Attorney General’s crackdown on deceptive businesses.

Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force Receiving National Award

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 8, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that the Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force is receiving a national award today from President Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA) for reaching a $94 million settlement with Western Union earlier this year.  

Terry Goddard Announces Prison Terms in Hand Grenade Case

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 8, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Fernando Calderon-Suazo, 34, and Alberto Prieto-Molina, 24, both of Phoenix, received prison sentences today in Maricopa County Superior Court for the illegal sale of hand grenades and a rifle.

According to court documents, Calderon-Suazo and Prieto-Molina engaged in discussions and negotiations last November with an undercover agent from the Attorney General’s Office. The agent posed as an arms buyer for the Mexican drug cartels and purchased 23 hand grenades and one rifle for $8,740.

Consumer Alert: Terry Goddard Alerts Consumers to the Risk of Health Care Scams

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 9, 2010) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizona residents to be cautious of door-to-door and telephone scam artists peddling phony insurance policies in an effort to capitalize on the new federal health care law and defraud consumers. 

Some scam artists have attempted to make dishonest profits by urging consumers to obtain coverage in a non-existent “limited enrollment” period that they falsely claim was made possible by the new legislation.  Arizona law requires companies and their agents to be licensed to market or sell insurance.

Terry Goddard Honors National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 16, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a number of initiatives to commemorate National Crime Victims´ Rights Week, which begins Sunday, April 18.

This year’s theme - “Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.” pays tribute to crime victims and the ideals that inspired the victims’ rights movement. The theme also recognizes the ongoing efforts of countless victim service providers, criminal justice professionals and volunteers who dedicate their lives to helping crime victims.

Law Enforcement Officials Developing Strategy for New Southwest Border Alliance

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- April 16, 2010) Law enforcement officials from the four Southwest border states -- Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas -- worked the past two days to take the first steps toward implementing the new Southwest Border Alliance, which is committed to prosecuting money-laundering and other crimes along the U.S.-Mexico border.