(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 28, 2004) The Arizona State Grand Jury indicted Kevin M. Ross, 42, the Maricopa County Assessor on three felony charges: two counts of Conflict of Interest and one count of Obstructing Criminal Investigations. The indictments were handed down on May 27, 2004.
(Phoenix, AZ) Note to editors: The following is a guest editorial from Attorney General Terry Goddard.
The Arizona State Legislature understood. And, I’m very thankful. The just-approved 2005 Budget includes $4 million for attorneys needed to protect abused and battered children in court.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 26, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard applauded the passage of HB2091 by the Arizona legislature. The legislation is an effort to curtail the human smuggling activity in Arizona.
Currently, Arizona is experiencing a rising number of extortion incidents, kidnappings and home invasions as a result of human smuggling/coyote activities. It is estimated that more than $320 million per year is transacted in Phoenix alone to pay for coyote activity. Some groups can make $40,000 in a week.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizona consumers not to fall victim of “spot-delivery” when going to purchase a new or used car. Spot-delivery is a predatory lending practice that occurs when the dealer delivers possession of a vehicle to a customer, on the spot, before financing has been approved.
Many times when dealers provide spot delivery, important financing terms in the contract are left blank, and the dealer is free to enter terms that are detrimental to the consumer.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 21, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard today approved the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Slamming and Cramming rules. These rules are intended to protect consumers of wired telecommunication services from unauthorized charges and unauthorized changes to the consumer's services.
“These rules will provide consumers an additional level of protection from phone companies charging for services the customer has not order or for unauthorized switches without permission from the customer,” Goddard said.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 18, 2004) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will honor youth tobacco inspectors at a ceremony on May 21st honoring the volunteer hours they provide to the statewide inspections program. This inspection program is used to determine if Arizona’s retailers are selling tobacco products to people under 18 years old.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 18, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Ganado Unified School District No. 20 for improperly procured construction projects. In a complaint filed with the Apache County Superior Court, district officials allegedly violated Arizona procurement laws from April 2000 to July 2000 when they failed to use competitive sealed bidding for construction contracts.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 14, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced the arrest this week of Darryl Brandon Nolan for attempting to impersonate NFL San Francisco 49ers player Brandon Whiting.
Nolan attempted to purchase two homes in the Valley using Whiting’s identity, and signing several documents related to these transactions. These charges are the result of a week-long joint investigation with the Attorney General’s Office and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, ending with Nolan’s arrest this week.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 14, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced the award of $144,222 to the Arizona Association of Food Banks at its annual conference in Phoenix on May 13. The award is part of the 2002 settlement with Salton, Inc., the maker of the George Foreman Grill.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 13, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a Consumer Protection settlement with Warner-Lambert resolving allegations of deceptive “off-label” marketing of its blockbuster drug – Neurontin©.