Drug and Stolen Credit Card Ring Broken Up

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 28, 2006) A stolen credit card and drug trafficking operation was shut down today by a joint law enforcement task force that served search warrants at seven locations throughout the Valley. Ten people have been arrested. Officers seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana, a small amount of methamphetamine, more than $300,000 in cash, and a variety of other assets including bank accounts, a home and several vehicles.

Three Plead Guilty in Home Repair Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 28, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today a plea agreement with three defendants in a home repair fraud ring. The three defrauded an elderly Tucson woman of $11,000 by falsely promising to repair the roof of her home.

Gary Miller of Illinois and Gary Mitchell of Ohio pleaded guilty today to financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The third defendant, Sheila Miller, 30, of Illinois pleaded guilty earlier this month to solicitation to commit theft by control. The pleas follow indictments by a Pima County Grand Jury in 2005.

Terry Goddard Announces Fraud Fighter Accounts

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 27, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a new program to protect Arizona consumers from identity theft and financial exploitation called Fraud Fighter Accounts.

These accounts are for those people most vulnerable to identity theft or fraud because of disabilities, health issues or because their financial security was already compromised. The Fraud Fighter Account, to be offered by participating banks and credit unions, allows consumers to choose among several options to protect their accounts. The options include:

Terry Goddard Testifies for Bill to Cut Meth Production

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 15, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard, joined by legislators and a coalition of law enforcement, children advocates, medical professionals, firefighters and neighborhood activists, today testified in favor of House Bill 2815.

The goal of the legislation is to make it more difficult for meth cooks to purchase the key ingredient needed to make the illegal drug – pseudoephedrine.

Sponsored by Rep. Tom O’Halleran and 41 co-sponsors, HB2815 is similar to a law adopted by Oklahoma in 2004 and by more than a dozen other states since. It would require:

Attorney General's Office Settles Open Meeting Law Complaints With Gila Community College Provisional Board

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 10, 2006) An investigation by the Attorney General's Office has concluded that the Gila County Community College Provisional Board of Governors violated the state Open Meeting Law several times over the last year when a quorum of the members communicated about Board business via email, failed to timely produce meeting minutes and failed to follow confidentiality provisions governing executive session meetings.

Attorney General's Office Settles with Used Car Service Company

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 10, 2006; revised March 30, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $170,000 settlement with Auto Connection and its owner Gail Oleaga. The Phoenix-based business sold extended service agreements for used cars to consumers.

Auto Connection advertised and sold automobile service agreements over the Internet, acting as an agent for warranty companies responsible for paying automobile repair claims filed by consumers.

Consumer Advisory: Terry Goddard Cautions Arizona Consumers To be Careful When Choosing a Mortgage

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 9, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today cautioned home buyers to tread carefully when selecting a mortgage. As the housing market cools, many first-time home buyers are taking out riskier loans such as interest-only or flat-minimum-payment mortgages, which could put borrowers at risk when market conditions change.