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Attorney General Goddard Warns Seniors to Be Careful When Purchasing New Medicare Prescription Drug Cards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 30, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned seniors to be on the lookout for official-looking mailings from private companies promoting “Medicare-approved” discount cards.  The official Medicare prescription drug discount cards will not be available until next week.  Reports have surfaced that some private companies are attempting to sell fraudulent cards purportedly approved by Medicare.   

Adkisson Pleads Guilty for Defrauding Immigrants

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 28, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today the plea agreement with John Alden Adkisson, a retired official with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, who pled guilty to fraud, a class 3 felony, for defrauding immigrants.  Adkisson promised to provide immigration assistance to more than 20 victims.  He was paid more than $70,000 for services they never received.  

The plea agreement includes a five-year probation term, nine months of which will be served in jail.  He also will pay $73,480 in restitution.

Scam Alert: Spanish Lottery

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 28, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonan's of a Spanish Lottery scam.  Letters have been sent to Phoenix area residents notifying them that they have won a Spanish lottery prize of more than $1 million.  This is a scam, and residents should not respond to this letter.

Attorney General Terry Goddard Joins 19 Attorney Generals to Settle Deceptive Trade Practices Claims Against Medco Health Solutions

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 26, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced an historic settlement with Medco, the largest pharmacy benefit management company in the United States for violating state deceptive practices laws. 

Arizona Attorney General Goddard and ADEQ Director Owens Announce $29,000 Fine for La Paz County Soil Remediation and Disposal Facility

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 19, 2004)  Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens and Attorney General Terry Goddard announced the settlement of solid waste and air quality violations by Soil Resource Recovery of Arizona (Sonas) and CDE Resources, Inc. (CDE).  Sonas and CDE will pay $29,000 in fines for violations that occurred between December 1999 and January 2002.  They will also perform a human health-based risk assessment.  CDE operated the facility during this time, but the facility has since ceased operations.

Scam Alert: Sweepstakes Entry Form Negates Do Not Call Registration

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 16, 2004)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizona consumers about a new scheme to circumvent the National Do Not Call List.

The Ecology First Sweepstakes', sponsored by LiquidSoapProducts.com, is promoting a "$25,000 cash or car giveaway," and the Official Sweepstakes Rules contains a statement that says “By completing this form, you agree that sponsors and co-sponsors of this sweepstakes may telephone you, even if your number is found on a do not call registry or list.”

Attorney General Goddard Recognizes Lifesmarts Students

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 14, 2004)  Attorney General Terry Goddard recognized the first place team of the LifeSmarts consumer challenge program Tuesday afternoon.  These students will represent Arizona in the national LifeSmarts competition beginning April 24 in Chicago, Ill. 

LifeSmarts is a consumer educational program that helps teens develop the consumer and marketplace skills needed to be responsible consumers and citizens.  The competition focus on five areas of consumer knowledge that teens need to know to function effectively in today’s marketplace.