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12/2010

Attorney General Terry Goddard Reaches Agreement with Chase Home Finance On “Borrower’s Bill of Rights”

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 31, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced an agreement with Chase Home Finance LLC (“Chase”) in which Chase has agreed to adopt “Best Practices” in its servicing of home mortgage loans in Arizona. These Best Practices substantially incorporate the “Borrower’s Bill of Rights” proposed by Goddard earlier this year.

Goddard Announces $458,000 Judgment in Fraud Case Involving Two Police Officers

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 8, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a judgment totaling $458,000 in civil penalties and restitution for consumers as a result of a mortgage fraud investigation and lawsuit. These enforcement actions come as part of Goddard’s continued crackdown on businesses and individuals that prey upon homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure.

Goddard Gains $581,000 Judgment against Fraudulent Loan Modification Company

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 13, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he has obtained a $581,533 default judgment in Maricopa County Superior Court against a loan modification company, Asset Creation, LLC, and its owner, Marvin Williamson. The judgment follows a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General earlier this year alleging that the company engaged in deceptive business practices.

Tucson Woman Who Targeted Vulnerable Adults Sentenced

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 14, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the sentencing of Michelle Tselentis, 58, of Tucson, on charges related to trafficking stolen property and financially exploiting vulnerable adults.

Tselentis, an employee at a home care health service agency that provides assistance to elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, was accused of stealing money, medicine and jewelry from several patients.

Goddard Announces 18 People in Cross-Border Drug Smuggling Ring Indicted

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 15, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the first blow struck by his newly created Border Crimes Enforcement Section. Eighteen members of a major cross-border marijuana smuggling ring have been indicted in Tucson. The group is alleged to have smuggled large amounts of marijuana and cash drug proceeds through the San Miguel gate on the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation.

Terry Goddard Charges Bank of America with Mortgage Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz - Dec. 17, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that his Office today filed a lawsuit against Bank of America Corporation and its affiliated companies (“Bank of America”) alleging violations of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and violations of the consent judgment entered in March 2009 between Arizona and the Countrywide companies owned by Bank of America.

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