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05/2012

Horne Intends Vigorous Prosecution of Figures in Major Chandler Heroin Bust

PHOENIX (Friday, May 18, 2012) -- Today’s arrest of multiple suspects in a huge heroin-related drug bust in Chandler shows the problem of illicit drugs has pervaded all areas of the Valley, Attorney General Tom Horne said today. Horne’s office is the prosecuting agency in this matter, and Horne is vowing a vigorous effort against all the suspects in this major case. 

AG Horne Files Suit Against Phoenix Towing Company over Consumer Rip-Offs

PHOENIX (Tuesday, May 8, 2012) -- A Phoenix towing company is accused of multiple consumer fraud violations after an Attorney General’s Office sting operation shows the company fraudulently charging a customer for repairs that were not actually made, Attorney General Tom Horne said today. 

The Attorney General’s Office has filed suit in Maricopa County Superior Court alleging that Sun Valley Towing, LLC, has engaged in a pattern of defrauding consumers through multiple repair scams. The lawsuit was served on the Defendants late last week. 

AG Horne Reaches $100 Million Settlement with Abbott Laboratories

PHOENIX (Monday, May 7, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today joined 44 other states and the District of Columbia in announcing a $100 million settlement with Abbott Laboratories over allegations of illegal off-label marketing of its Depakote drug. 

The agreement marks the largest consumer protection-based pharmaceutical settlement ever reached. Arizona will receive nearly $2 million and the Illinois-based Abbott will be restricted from marketing the drug for off-label uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Casino Windfall Results in Attorney General's Office Securing More than $360,000 in Restitution for Elderly Victims Bilked by Valley Woman

PHOENIX (Wednesday, May 2, 2012) -- Three elderly victims have been paid more than $360,000 in restitution by a Phoenix woman who has owed the money since 2007, and whose husband recently won millions at a local casino, Attorney General Tom Horne announced today. 

46 year-old Kimberly Lemke was ordered to pay restitution to her victims following her 2007 conviction on felony theft charges related to the bilking of nearly $370,000. Until the collection of $361,184.76 was made on April 23, Lemke had only made partial restitution.