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08/2012

Attorney General's Office Releases Report Exonerating Pinal County Sheriff Babeu

PHOENIX (Friday, August 31, 2012) -- A seven-month criminal investigation into allegations that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu misused his authority in regards to a personal relationship found that Babeu committed no criminal violations and therefore no charges will be filed, Solicitor General Dave Cole announced today. 

Cole oversaw the investigation as Attorney General Tom Horne was screened from the process to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest. 

Consumer Alert: Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery Collection Efforts

PHOENIX (Friday, August 10, 2012) -- The efforts to collect on consumer debts reportedly owed to Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery for late fees or non-return of videos are the subject of a new Consumer Alert issued today by Attorney General Tom Horne. 

Horne said, “My office has recently been getting a number of consumer inquiries about how Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery are going about the collection of supposed debts. Some consumers have been confused because they did not rent a video nor are responsible for late fees.” 

AG Horne Files Two Lawsuits Against Mortgage Modification Assistance Companies Operating In Both Phoenix and Tucson

PHOENIX (Wednesday, August 15, 2012) -- Attorney General Horne announced today two lawsuits have been filed against Arizona companies selling mortgage modification services to distressed homeowners. 

“There is still a significant amount of fallout from the mortgage crisis, and consumers need to remain vigilant when approached about mortgage modification services,” Horne said. “The legal actions that have been filed serve as a reminder that people need to be very careful about dealing only with reputable servicers.” 

AG Horne: Large Medical Insurance Fraud Nets Prison Time

PHOENIX (Monday, August 27, 2012) -- A Phoenix woman who defrauded Cigna Health and Life Insurance of nearly $700,000 in phony chiropractic treatments has been sentenced to prison time and probation, Attorney General Tom Horne announced today. 

Esther Obrzut, 42, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced by Judge Dawn Bergin to 2.5 years in prison for Forgery, a class 4 felony; followed by 5 years probation for Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a class 2 felony; and ordered to pay $653,108.01 in restitution to Cigna. 

Phoenix "Pastor" Among Those Indicted on AHCCCS Fraud Allegations

PHOENIX (Wednesday, August 29, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that three Phoenix residents have been indicted by the State Grand Jury on multiple allegations accusing the trio of defrauding $118,000 in health care benefits from AHCCCS - Arizona’s health care system for the indigent. Among those indicted is Michael Salman, a self-styled pastor who recently was at the center of a City of Phoenix zoning dispute. 

Horne Secures $69 Million Agreement with Three Major U.S. Publishers over E-Book Price-Fixing Allegations

PHOENIX (Wednesday, August 29, 2012) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, along with 54 attorneys general in other states, districts and U.S. territories, announced today that he has reached an antitrust settlement with three of the largest book publishers in the United States. Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. and Simon & Schuster Inc. have agreed to pay more than $69 million to consumers to resolve an antitrust suit alleging they illegally conspired to fix the prices of electronic books (E-books).

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