201612

Arizona Man Indicted - Accused of Supporting a Foreign Terrorist Organization

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Derrick Thompson AKA Abu Talib Al-Amriki on charges related to supporting a foreign terrorist organization. Thompson, 30, is charged with Participating in a Criminal Syndicate, Assisting a Criminal Syndicate, and Attempted Misconduct Involving Weapons.

Preliminary Injunction Obtained Against AZ Real Estate Consulting Companies

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today his office won a Preliminary Injunction against a group of Arizona-based real estate consulting companies accused of scamming Arizona families. The Attorney General’s Office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against ProSolutions LLC, and owner, Ruben Diaz, in March of 2016. The lawsuit alleges ProSolutions and Diaz preyed on Spanish-speaking families who wanted to buy a home, acting as a home loan financing officer, and taking thousands of dollars in down payments from them.

AG Brnovich Joins 24 State Coalition Urging President-Elect Trump to Dismantle Clean Power Plan

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined a 24-state coalition urging President-elect Donald Trump and congressional leaders to withdraw President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

“The so-called Clean Power Plan is an abuse of power, it’s regulation without representation,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.  “Eliminating this unconstitutional mandate will protect Arizona jobs and ratepayers."

CONSUMER ALERT: Protect Yourself after Yahoo Data Breach

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich is urging Arizonans to take action to avoid identity theft after Yahoo announced a major data breach affecting one billion user accounts.

The stolen Yahoo user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords, and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Yahoo indicates the stolen information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information.

Flagstaff Woman Indicted - Accused of Collecting Benefits in AZ and Canada

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the State Grand Jury indicted Elizabeth Anne Trushel on charges related to welfare fraud. Trushel is accused of stealing more than $9,000 in benefits from the State of Arizona, using her dual citizenship to receive public benefits from both the United States and Canada. The Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Canadian Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation investigated this case.

The State Grand Jury indicted Trushel on the following charges:

AZAG Files Motion to Dismiss More Than 1,000 Lawsuits Targeting AZ Businesses

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today his office filed a Motion to Dismiss more than 1,000 open lawsuits filed by a serial litigator that targets Arizona businesses. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities flooded state courts with more than 1,700 lawsuits against Valley businesses earlier this year.  The copy-and-paste lawsuits alleged that businesses’ parking lots did not comply with regulations related to persons with disabilities.

AG Brnovich Files Brief to Protect AZ Consumers from Class Action Settlement Abuse

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich, leading a bi-partisan coalition of 14 state Attorneys General from across the country, filed a brief in federal court to protect Arizona consumers from abuse in the class action settlement process.  In the Amicus Brief, Attorney General Brnovich asked the court to reject a proposed class action settlement because the vast majority of the class members receive nothing of particular value from the deal, even as the class action attorneys collect almost $3 million. 

AG Brnovich: Used Car Dealership Banned From Selling Cars

Phoenix – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced Uncle Joe’s Auto Sales is banned from selling cars in Arizona after violating the state's Consumer Fraud Act. The used car dealership and its owners will also pay $70,000 in consumer restitution. The restitution is part of a Consent Judgment reached against Front Line Auto Auction, LLC, doing business as Uncle Joe’s Auto Sales and Uncle Joe’s Auto Consignment Shop (“Uncle Joe’s”) and its principals, Joseph and Gina Colombo.