201610

Nine Arizonans Indicted Accused of Operating Telemarketing Scam

PHOENIX - Nine Arizonans are facing federal charges arising from a joint criminal investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Special Investigations Section, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The federal multi-count indictment was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri is prosecuting this case.

Arizona Joins $41.2M Multistate Settlement with Hyundai, Kia over Fuel Economy Claims

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the State of Arizona will receive $1,055,842.12 as part of a multistate settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia to resolve claims that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy ratings for some of their model year 2011, 2012, and 2013 vehicles. 

AZ Drug Trafficker At Large

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury convicted 44 year old Patrick Pina of the Sale of Dangerous Drugs, Money Laundering, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana. The conviction stems from Pina’s possession and sale of methamphetamine in March 2016. On Monday, during Pina’s trial, he absconded during a court recess after the state rested its case. He is currently on the run. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Arizona Couple Indicted on State Terrorism Charges

PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted an Arizona inmate and his wife on state terrorism charges. Thomas Orville Bastian and Michelle Marie Bastian are accused of acting together while plotting to commit an act of terrorism at the Arizona State Prison Complex – Lewis. It is alleged that they conspired to construct and set off an explosive device within the prison facility.

AG Brnovich Urges US Supreme Court to Protect Consumers From Unfair Class Action Settlements

PHOENIX - Today, Attorney General Brnovich, leading a coalition of seventeen Attorneys General from across the country, filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court as part of his continuing effort to protect Arizona consumers from abuse in the class action settlement process.  In the brief, Attorney General Brnovich asked the Supreme Court to create a nationwide rule that class action attorneys’ fees in common-fund cash settlements can only be based off the amount actually paid out to the consumers in the class.

AZ Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Filed Against Arch Vacations

PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Phoenix-based Arch Vacations, Inc. and its President, Darlene Ziebell.  The lawsuit alleges Arch Vacations and Ziebell violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by using deceptive sales tactics to convince consumers to buy vacation packages. The lawsuit further alleges the company and Ziebell unfairly omitted important facts causing customers to misunderstand what they were purchasing.

AG Brnovich Wins Consumer Fraud Trial Against Tucson Moving Company

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a Pima County Superior Court found 3 Gorillas Moving and Storage, LLC violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and ordered the company to pay more than $17,000 in consumer restitution. 3 Gorillas Moving was owned and operated by Troy Emerson.

"Moving is stressful enough and Arizonans should be able to trust a moving company with their most valuable possessions," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "We wanted justice for Arizona consumers and we're pleased with the court's decision."