Arizona Attorney General

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12/2006

Terry Goddard Announces Money from Fraud Prosecution Will Fund New Crime Lab

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Dec. 27, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Gov. Janet Napolitano today announced that $17.7 million in forfeited funds from a major fraud case will be used to build a new Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in Tucson.

The announcement was made at a press conference this afternoon in Tucson. Joining the Attorney General and Governor were Arizona State Senate President Tim Bee, DPS Director Roger Vanderpool and county sheriffs.

Terry Goddard Announces Tobacco Settlement Giving State $790,000

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 22, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Scandinavian Tobacco Co. and a subsidiary cigarette manufacturer, House of Prince, that resolves a dispute over enforcement of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Arizona will receive more than $790,000 of the $53.6 million nationwide settlement.

Terry Goddard Announces Settlement Over Deceptive Home Rescue Program

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 21, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Deed and Note Traders, Inc. (DNT), a Tucson-based “foreclosure assistance” company. The settlement resolves allegations that its HomeSavers program was deceptive in offering consumers who faced foreclosure a simple way to save their homes.

The settlement requires the company to change its business practices and pay restitution to customers who took part in the HomeSavers program.

Terry Goddard Announces Deceptive Practices Settlement

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 14, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with Nevada-based YP Corp. (doing business as YP.com) and its wholly owned subsidiary Telco Billing, Inc. The settlement resolves allegations that the company engaged in deceptive business practices by sending small checks to businesses and nonprofit organizations that when deposited would obligate the business to pay for an enhanced listing on YP.com’s online yellow page directory.

Chandler Police Officer Indicted on 10 Counts

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 12, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the 10count indictment of Bradley T. Forward, an officer with the Chandler Police Department. He is accused of one count of hindering prosecution, two counts of stealing, destroying, altering or secreting public records, three counts of computer tampering and four counts of unauthorized access to criminal history. All of the charges are felonies.

Forward, 30, of Gilbert, has been a Chandler Police Officer for seven years.

Terry Goddard Files Suit Over Work-at-Home Operation

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 12, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that his office has filed suit against The Results Group (TRG) and its managers, Edward Longoria and Amber Halvorson, alleging that their work-at-home business opportunity scheme violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

The announcement was part of Project FAL$E HOPE$, a federal and state law enforcement sweep targeting bogus business opportunities and work-at-home schemes. The Federal Trade Commission today also took action against The Results Group.

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