(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 31, 2004) Arizona has seen a dramatic rise in the number of extortion incidents, kidnappings and home invasions as a result of human smuggling/coyote activities. Last week, law enforcement officials received a weapon to hit the coyote organizations where it hurts the most – in the pocket book.
PHOENIX (Aug. 26, 2004) – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens and Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a consent judgment with the City of El Mirage that requires significant improvements to the City’s wastewater collection and treatment operations. The action stems from a 2002 discharge of untreated wastewater into the Agua Fria River.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 25, 2004) The Arizona State Grand Jury indicted Jose Hernandez Jimenez and Cesar Rodriguez Perez on 12 felony drug charges. The defendants were taken into custody on August 14, and made their initial appearance on August 15.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 24, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizona residents to be wary of fraudulent home repair contractors offering their services to consumers who have experienced storm damage to their homes.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 23, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Vibo Corporation of Miami, Florida has joined the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (“MSA”) as a participating manufacturer. Vibo, also known as General Tobacco, sells a number of cigarette brands such as Bronco, GT One, Silver and Champion. Arizona’s share of this agreement will be about $25 million over the next 10 years under current market conditions.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 20, 2004) The Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office have declined to conduct an investigation concerning allegations of improper conduct by Scottsdale Police Department employees contained in a July 15 anonymous letter forwarded to both agencies.
Department of Gaming Employee Indicted for accepting Bribe / Second Defendant Indicted for Bribery, Computer Tampering, Fraud and Theft
(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 18, 2004) Daniel A. Muller, a former financial investigator with the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG), and Joaquin Franco Perez, were indicted by the State Grand Jury on one count of Bribery of a Public Officer. At the time of the incident, Muller was employed by the ADG.
(Phoenix, Ariz. –August 17, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard has filed an amended complaint against bulletproof vest manufacturer Second Chance Body Armor to allege that the company knew the vests manufactured with “Zylon®” fibers being worn by law enforcement officers were rapidly deteriorating, but failed to warn the officers of the problem. The amendment is based on information discovered by the State since the original complaint was filed earlier this year.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 16, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonans of a scam typically known as the Nigerian Advanced Fee request. While many are aware of this scam, the Attorney General’s Office wants people to know that this scam is once again being circulated in Arizona through letters and emails.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – August 12, 2004) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced the settlement of a civil lawsuit with the Perrigo Company and Alpharma, Inc., the only two manufacturers of generic over-the-counter children’s liquid suspension ibuprofen approved by the Food and Drug Administration.