(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 29, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today the first law enforcement grant from his $94 million recovery earlier this year from Western Union. The $418,000 grant will create an initiative to intercept guns and money moving across the Arizona border to the Mexican drug cartels. The initiative will fund personnel, training, specialized equipment, and dogs to be used by police agencies from Nogales to Tucson.
(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 9, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard, together with 32 states and the District of Columbia, today announced the filing of a stipulated supplemental judgment with sweepstakes company Publishers Clearing House (PCH), based in Port Washington, N.Y., that will increase protections for consumers who may have been misled by the company's marketing practices. In addition, the company agreed to pay $3.5 million to cover the cost of the states’ investigation.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 9, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the sentencing of Victor Mireles, 26, of Phoenix, to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder and aggravated assault in a 2003 gang-related crime. He will receive a five-year credit for time already served.
“Gang-on-gang violence has been declining, but it is still a major concern for law enforcement,” Goddard said. “This case reinforces the rule that gangsters who order the shootings of their rivals are every bit as guilty as the henchmen who do the shootings.”
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 10, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Jason Lon Kirby, 34, of Datilo, New Mexico has pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of trafficking in stolen property in the first degree for cattle rustling in Arizona and Texas.
“Cattle rustling is one of Arizona’s oldest crimes,” Goddard said. “And while we don’t hang rustlers anymore, we prosecute them to the fullest extent of modern law.”
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 13, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of 16 individuals believed to be members of a Mexican drug cartel that smuggled large quantities of marijuana, cocaine and heroin into Arizona. They have been charged with conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise and other crimes related to their involvement.
(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 13, 2010) Steps to tighten border security, a multi-faceted assault on mortgage fraud and effective work to protect consumers from deceptive marketing are among the accomplishments summarized in Attorney General Terry Goddard's 2010 Annual Report.
The newly released, 54-page document recaps the Office's achievements during the past fiscal year from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010. Highlights include:
(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 16, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced he has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs to fight mortgage fraud in Arizona.
The grant will be utilized to create a new six-person unit devoted exclusively to investigating and prosecuting mortgage-related crimes. This new unit will operate as part of the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Office and will be operational within the next 90 days. The Office of Justice Programs is a part of the U.S. Department of Justice.
(Phoenix, Ariz. -- September 17, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Janet Thor, 59, of Phoenix, a former principal in the Kyrene School District, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of misuse of public monies related to her stealing more than $34,000 from two public schools where she worked.
She will be sentenced Oct. 18 in the courtroom of Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner James Rummage. The terms of the plea agreement call for Thor to be placed on supervised probation. Thor has paid the full amount owed in restitution.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 20, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the award of $248,000 to the East Valley Chiefs Association for the East Valley Gang and Criminal Information Fusion Center in Mesa. The Fusion Center is a criminal information and intelligence center that focuses on career criminals and gang members.
(Phoenix, Ariz. -- September 21, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard, in cooperation with the Peoria Police Department, today announced an 84-count indictment charging 14 individuals who were fraudulently filling stolen drug prescriptions.
Two of the ring’s leaders are Tyler Jensen Deane, 24, of Peoria and Leanne Dureivage, 31, of Gilbert.