201602

Lawsuit Filed Against Tucson Business Accused of Scamming Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

TUCSON – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Sonia Hodgin and Hodgin & Co, LLC (“Defendants”). Defendants are accused of violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by charging struggling homeowners thousands of dollars for foreclosure assistance services and failing to provide those services.

$13 Million Multi-State MoneyGram Settlement Aimed at Protecting Consumers

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced a $13 million national settlement with MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. to ensure safeguards are in place to protect consumers from international wire transfer scams. A multi-state investigation found scammers used MoneyGram’s wire transfer service when conning victims into wiring thousands of dollars to the scammers. In addition to Arizona, 48 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement.

$30,612 Judgment Obtained Against “Notario Publico” Accused of Consumer Fraud

PHOENIX - The Office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich obtained a $30,612 Judgment against a Tucson woman who offered fraudulent legal services to the Spanish-speaking community. Ofelia Olivas Lizarraga, owner of Multiservicios Olivas, LLC, falsely represented that she was qualified and authorized to provide legal advice and prepare legal documents in immigration, divorce, and other legal matters.

Phoenix Couple Sentenced for Unlawful Use of Food Stamps

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the sentencing of a Phoenix husband and wife who engaged in the unlawful use of food stamps. George Cortez and Robin Cortez were sentenced to 6 months in jail, 3 years supervised probation, and ordered to pay more than $94,038 to the State of Arizona. George and Robin Cortez both pled guilty to two counts of unlawful use of food stamps and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices following an investigation by the Arizona Department of Economic Security and its Office of Inspector General.

Arizona Homeowners to Receive up to $6.6 Million in State-Federal Settlement with HSBC

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Arizona homeowners will receive approximately $2.6 million dollars in direct payments and more than $4 million in loan modifications as a result of a national settlement with mortgage servicer HSBC. The repayment is part of a $470 million joint state-federal settlement due to abusive foreclosure and loan servicing practices.