PHOENIX (Thursday, April 26, 2012) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has reached a settlement with Underwater Property Solutions, LLC ("UPS"), a Scottsdale, Arizona based mortgage loan modification service company that the State accused, in a consumer fraud lawsuit, of participating in a deceptive scheme designed to collect advance fees from consumers looking for assistance in obtaining mortgage loan modifications. In nearly all cases, it is illegal for businesses to charge upfront fees for loan modifications.
FLORENCE (Thursday, April 26, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that Hilario Aguirre of Stanfield, Arizona has been sentenced in Pinal County Superior Court to twenty years in the Department of Corrections for his role as high-ranking member of a Mexico based drug trafficking organization. The organization Aguirre was involved with is responsible for the importation of tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana and hundreds of pounds of heroin and cocaine since the summer of 2010.
Attorney General Tom Horne today issued the following statement upon the execution of convicted murder Thomas Kemp:
"Nearly 20 years after murdering Tucson resident Hector Juarez, justice has been served on Thomas Kemp.
PHOENIX (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today announced that a consent agreement has been reached between the Attorney General's office and American Residential Services, L.L.C., a home heating and air conditioning repair company. The company had been accused in a September, 2011 filing in Pima County Superior Court of numerous violations of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act, including false, misleading and deceptive sales tactics involving older consumers.
Today's hearing went well. The Obama Administration took the outrageous step of suing one of the 50 states for trying to enforce federal law. Arizona has been hit disproportionately hard by illegal immigration and the state had no choice but to pass SB 1070 to protect our own citizens.
PHOENIX (Tuesday, April 24, 2012) -- As the National Mortgage Settlement between Arizona and 48 other states, the federal government, and the country's five largest residential mortgage loan servicers goes into effect, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is alerting Arizona consumers looking for mortgage relief to beware of scam artists.
PHOENIX (Monday, April 23, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today filed a lawsuit against Mortgage Relief Group, d.b.a. Mortgage Assistance Group, and its owner, Stan Allotey, alleging that the Defendants engaged in deceptive loan modification services.
The lawsuit alleges that since at least February of 2008, the company deceived consumers into paying fees, ranging from $995 to $3,245, for loan modification services by misrepresenting their ability to help consumers obtain mortgage relief and save their homes, thereby violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Thursday, April 19, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today announced that 33 year-old Jeffery Ray Capshaw of Flagstaff was sentenced today in Maricopa County Superior Court to 3 years in prison for Forgery, a class 4 felony as a result of a plea agreement with the State. Capshaw was indicted for Insurance Fraud, Theft and Forgery for collecting payments for insurance premiums after his insurance license had been revoked and providing a forged certificate of insurance.
PHOENIX (Wednesday, April 11, 2012) Attorney General Tom Horne and 15 other state attorneys general today filed suit against three of the nation’s largest book publishers and Apple, Inc. for conspiring to raise the retail prices of electronic books. Electronic books, commonly referred to as “e-books”, are electronic versions of books that can be read on a variety of electronic devices including cellular telephones, computers, tablets and e-book readers.
PHOENIX (Tuesday, April 10, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne says a newly-signed state law will offer seniors more protection from a proliferating number of new telephone solicitation scams. Consumers have lost millions of dollars to con artists who promise to establish work-at-home businesses promising consumers substantial incomes. When the money does not materialize, consumers are left with empty bank accounts or large credit card bills.