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09/2010

Banks Must Do More to Help Struggling Homeowners, Goddard Says

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 23, 2010) Noting a sharp increase in home foreclosures, Attorney General Terry Goddard today urged lenders to work more aggressively with homeowners to stem the foreclosure tide. 

Arizona foreclosures rose from 3,100 in August 2009 to 4,000 this past August, an increase of 29 percent. During the past month, foreclosure sales accounted for 45 percent of the existing home market activity in the Valley. In Phoenix, an estimated 51 percent of homes are currently under water financially. 

Terry Goddard Announces Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 24, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard, along with state and local law enforcement officials, today announced the first-ever prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative aimed at preventing pill abuse and theft.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at sites around the state, local law enforcement will be collecting potentially dangerous unused and unwanted or expired prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Terry Goddard Announces Indictment of Nogales Mayor On Charges of Bribery, Theft, Fraud and Money Laundering

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 28, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment and arrest of Mayor Octavio Garcia Von Borstel, 29, of Nogales, Ariz., on multiple charges including bribery, theft, fraud and money laundering.

Garcia Von Borstel, a Democrat, was arrested at his office at the Nogales City Hall this morning. Concurrently, search warrants were executed at his home, business and City Hall office.

Terry Goddard Announces Guilty Plea by Former Veterans Agency Director

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 1, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Patrick Chorpenning Sr., 63, of Peoria, who served as director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services (AZDVS) between 1999 and 2007, pleaded guilty today to two felony charges in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Chorpenning pleaded guilty to conflict of interest and solicitation to commit a violation of the procurement code, both Class 6 felonies. 

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