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05/2011

Statement By Attorney General Tom Horne

PHOENIX (Thursday, May 26, 2011) -- “The United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting is a favorable portent for Arizona’s case in the SB 1070 case. In the Chamber of Commerce case, it was argued that federal law preempts Arizona’s efforts to be sure that employers check the citizenship status of employees. In the SB 1070 case, the federal government argues that the federal law preempts SB 1070, in which Arizona takes action to discourage illegal immigration into its area of jurisdiction. These are similar cases. The fact that the U.S.

AG Horne To Argue Voter Registration Citizenship

PHOENIX (Tuesday, May 03, 2011) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne today announced that the Ninth Circuit has granted en banc review in the case of Gonzales v. Arizona, in which the court recently held that Arizona could not require proof of citizenship of people registering to vote.  The previous decision was issued by a three-judge panel.  En banc review means the three-judge panel’s decision will be reviewed by an eleven-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit.

Horne will personally argue the case.  Oral argument will be scheduled during the week of June 20th.

Horne Announces Indictment of Al-Mahdi Islamic Organization Member

PHOENIX (Wednesday, May 11, 2011) -- Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that Mohammad Reza Amin-Sobhani (aka Robert Amini), age 61, former board member of the Al-Mahdi Benevolent Islamic Foundation of Arizona (AMBIFA), has been indicted by an Arizona State Grand Jury of 24 charges relating to fraud schemes that targeted other religious members.

Consumer Alert: Payday Loans and Collection Calls

PHOENIX (Friday, May 13, 2011) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne warns consumers to be aware of collection call scams relating to outstanding payday loans. Many Arizona consumers have received collection calls from fake law firms or fake government agencies telling consumers they owe monies to a payday loan company and threaten consumers with legal action. They also ask the consumer to provide bank account information to pay off the outstanding debt.

Attorney General Horne Announces Major Criminal Action Against Cartel

TUCSON (Thursday, May 19, 2011)  --  Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne today announced the arrests of 21 of 46 suspected members of the Jesus Valencia Rodriguez drug trafficking organization, who work on behalf of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, on charges of Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Conspiracy, Transportation of Marijuana for Sale; Money Laundering; Participating in a Criminal Syndicate; Smuggling of Human Beings; and Use of a Wire Communication or Electronic Communication in a Drug Related Transaction or to Facilitate the Violation of any Felony Provision.

Horne and Gaming Dept. Crackdown on Illegal Gaming Machines

PHOENIX (Friday, May 20, 2011)  --  Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and state Gaming Department Director Mark Brnovich today announced the seizure and subsequent destruction of 75 illegal gaming devices commonly known as coin pushers. Approximately $26,000 in cash was also seized.  A multi-agency task force seized the devices from locations throughout the metro Phoenix area.