201606

Tucson Business Owner Ordered to Go To Jail for Motorhome Scam

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge ordered a Tucson business owner to go to jail for continuing to scam consumers in violation of a 2010 Arizona Consumer Fraud Judgment. In May 2016, a Pima County Superior Court Judge found Claude Thomas Kennedy in contempt of court and ordered him to pay a $100,000 fine by June 10, 2016 or face jail time. Kennedy did not pay the fine, and the court issued an arrest warrant for Kennedy on June 16, 2016. Kennedy's whereabouts are unknown at this time.

SCAM ALERT: Home Security System Scams

PHOENIX –  Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning Arizonans to be aware of door-to-door home alarm security scams.  The scam involves using deceptive sales tactics and misleading statements to get consumers to sign up for home alarm contracts or switch home alarm monitoring services.

“Everyone wants to feel safe at home and these scam artists prey on people's desire to keep their families safe,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "Remember, don't give in to high pressure sales tactics.”

AG Brnovich Files Lawsuit after Telemarketing & Do Not Call Violations

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against a Scottsdale business accused of placing hundreds of telemarketing and robocalls to Arizonans listed on the National Do Not Call Registry. Larmore Auto Glass, LLC, operating under the names “O’Reilly's Auto Glass” and “Freedom Auto Glass” marketed windshield replacement services by allegedly violating Arizona’s Telephone Solicitation Statutes.

NOTE: O’Reilly's Auto Glass has no affiliation with O’Reilly Auto Parts. 

Apple e-Book Customers to Get Checks in Mail

PHOENIX – On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Arizonans who purchased e-books will begin receiving checks in the mail or account credits from Apple Inc., after a price-fixing settlement. Arizona consumers should receive approximately $8.6 million of the $400 million nationwide Apple consumer compensation payout. The settlement stems from an antitrust case involving Arizona and 32 other states and territories accusing Apple of conspiring with five of the nation's largest publishers to artificially raise the price of e-books between 2010 and 2012.

AZ Man Accused in Online Dating Scam Indicted

PHOENIX– Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Phoenix Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a State Grand Jury indicted Daylon G. Pierce for his alleged involvement in an online dating scam.

“The FBI receives many complaints from people who were victimized by someone they met through an online dating service,” said Michael DeLeon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office. “Victims become emotionally attached and subsequently provide their banking and personal information.”

AG Brnovich Files Lawsuit Alleging Do Not Call Violations

PHOENIX– Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against a Prescott Valley business accused of placing numerous telemarketing calls to Arizonans listed on the National Do Not Call Registry. The lawsuit alleges AJ’s Auto Glass, LLC made unwanted phone calls to consumers in order to advertise windshield repair and replacement services. 

Most Wanted AZ Unlicensed Contractor Arrested - Indicted by Grand Jury

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Keith Edward Benevento on three felony charges. The Phoenix Police Department arrested Benevento on Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Benevento is accused of stealing more than $15,000 dollars from an Arizona family while performing unlicensed construction work. The indictment arises from an investigation by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.