Terry Goddard Accuses Scottsdale Mortgage Company of Deceptive Practices

(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 29, 2010)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced he has filed a lawsuit against The Guardian Group, LLC (“Guardian Group”) for engaging in allegedly deceptive mortgage loan reduction services that have cost more than 2,500 consumers millions of dollars. 

Goddard also called attention to a new state law taking effect today that prohibits foreclosure consultants and mortgage “rescue” companies from charging upfront fees. The Attorney General supported passage of the law.

GAO Report Commends Work of Arizona Attorney General’s Office; Goddard Calls for More Federal Action to Combat Human Smuggling

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- July 26, 2010) A new report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) praises the pioneering work done by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to combat human-trafficking by disrupting the transfer of funds to the Mexican cartels.

The 70-page report says the Arizona approach stands as a model for stronger federal efforts to reduce smuggling of illegal immigrants across the southwest border, since most illegal border crossings are coordinated by the cartels.

Goddard Urges Congress to Follow Arizona's Lead in Fighting Cartels

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- July 22, 2010) Testifying at a congressional hearing today in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Terry Goddard urged the federal government to intensify its efforts to take down the Mexican drug cartels and to utilize techniques developed by his Office to disrupt the flow of money that funds their violent operations.

Defeating the cartels would be the best way to reduce illegal immigration into the United States, Goddard said, because they control the smuggling of both humans and drugs across the Mexican border. 

Terry Goddard to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Illegal Immigration

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 21, 2010) Because of his leadership in the fight against the criminal cartels based in Mexico, Attorney General Terry Goddard has been invited to testify Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., at a congressional hearing on efforts to reduce illegal immigration into the United States. 

The hearing will be held by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism. The hearing is titled “Enhancing the Department of Homeland Security’s Efforts to Disrupt Alien Smuggling Across our Borders.” 

Attorney General’s Office Honored with Two Prestigious Awards

(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 21, 2010)  The Arizona Attorney General’s Office was honored with two major awards from the Conference of Western Attorney’s General (CWAG), which concludes its summer meeting today in Santa Fe, N. M. 

Assistant Attorney General Bill Richards received the Jim Jones Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of a lawyer on the staff of a CWAG member state, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office website (www.azag.gov ) won the award for Best Overall Website. 

Terry Goddard Commends Steps to Beef Up Border Security, But Says Much Stronger Effort Needed to Dismantle Cartels

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- July 19, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today called federal actions to strengthen security along the Mexican border a step in the right direction, but he said the Obama administration needs to place much greater emphasis on defeating the Mexico-based cartels that control drug-smuggling and human-trafficking into Arizona.

Goddard Warns Consumers about ‘Skimmers’ on Gas Pumps, ATMs

(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 16, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers about credit and debit card “skimming” which has become increasingly prevalent in Arizona in recent months. Skimming involves the use of an inconspicuous electronic device that thieves can install on gas pumps or bank ATMs. Essentially, these small devices record your credit or debit card number off the magnetic strip on the card as you pay for your gas. Thieves then use the stolen card numbers to make fraudulent purchases.