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08/2010

Terry Goddard Expresses Condolences to the Ledesma Family

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Aug 4, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today issued the following statement:

"Words cannot express how saddened I am by the loss of a community hero, Chandler Police Officer Carlos Ledesma. My Office had the fortunate opportunity to have worked with Officer Ledesma, and to learn first-hand of his courageous dedication to law enforcement. Officer Ledesma died doing the work he loved.

“I offer my sincerest condolences and hopes for healing to his wife and children during this very difficult time. 

Terry Goddard Announces Consumer Protection Settlement Worth $1.18 million with Nation’s Largest Homebuilder

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Aug. 9, 2010)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $1,181,400 settlement with Pulte Home Corporation and Pulte Mortgage, LLC (collectively “Pulte”), resolving the State’s investigation into allegations that Pulte’s pre-qualification practices, earnest money deposit policies and Spanish-language marketing efforts violated Arizona’s consumer protection law. 

The settlement, in which no admission of fault or finding of liability is made, will be submitted to the Maricopa County Superior Court for final approval.    

Goddard Commends $600 Million Border Security Package But Says Stronger Effort Needed to Dismantle Drug Cartels

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Aug. 13, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today applauded federal approval of a $600 million measure to increase border security, calling it a significant  step in the right direction. He added, however, that the Mexican border will never be made secure until the drug- and human-smuggling cartels based in Mexico are taken down. 

Goddard Announces Dental Office Manager Given Prison Term for Insurance Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Aug. 13, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Kathy Salazar, 51, who worked as a dental office manager in St. Johns, has been sentenced in Apache County Superior Court to one year in prison for insurance fraud, a class 6 felony. She also will serve seven years probation for theft, a class 2 felony.

Salazar pleaded guilty to submitting false insurance claims for dental procedures that were never performed and then pocketing the insurance checks.

Terry Goddard Announces Indictment of Three Men, Including Ex-Justice of the Peace, for Running an Illegal Gambling Operation

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- August 25, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Harold Smith Lee, Jr. of Tempe, Michael Orlando, of Sun City West, and a third unnamed defendant have been indicted on six counts related to running an illegal gambling operation.

The third defendant is not identified at this time because grand jury secrecy requires his name be withheld until he has been served. 

Goddard Announces Phoenix Man Convicted on 10 Counts of Mortgage Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Aug. 26, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Edward L. Carpenter, 52, of Phoenix, a minister and former mortgage broker, has been found guilty by a Maricopa County Superior Court jury of 10 charges related to his operation of a fraudulent mortgage "rescue" business. 

Carpenter was convicted on five counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices, all Class 2 Felonies, and five counts of fraudulent schemes and practices, all Class 5 Felonies. 

Terry Goddard Applauds Action in Mexico to Curb Money Laundering

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Aug. 26, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard commended new laws proposed today by Mexican President Felipe Calderon to fight cross-border money laundering that supports the violent drug cartels in Mexico. 

Calderon announced he is proposing a new law that would ban cash purchases of real estate and other expensive goods costing more than 100,000 pesos, or about $7,650. He also proposed requiring businesses to report large transactions, including real estate, jewelry and purchases of armor plating. 

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