Terry Goddard Announces Top 15 Consumer Complaints

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 29, 2008) Business opportunities, business services and used car sales topped the list of more than 22,000 consumer complaints filed with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in 2007. Debt collections and auto repairs rounded out the top five complaint categories.

Complaints about cable and satellite television (ranking seventh), prize notifications (eighth) and mortgage lending (tenth) showed the biggest increase from the previous year.

Terry Goddard Announces Antitrust Settlement Over Oral Contraceptive

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 25, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the settlement of an antitrust lawsuit against Barr Pharmaceuticals (“Barr”) for $5.9 million. The settlement resolves allegations that the company violated antitrust laws by preventing generic versions of Ovcon®, a prescription oral contraceptive, from reaching the marketplace. Goddard joined 33 other states and the District of Columbia in the agreement.

Phoenix Man Sentenced to Prison for Investment Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 22, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that David Leyshon, 48, of Phoenix, was sentenced today to three years in prison followed by seven years of supervised probation. Leyshon pleaded guilty in January to one count of fraudulent schemes and one count of sale of securities by an unregistered dealer or salesman. Both are felony charges.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle also ordered Leyshon to pay total restitution of $265,051 to five victims.

Mesa Man Involved in Drug /Organization Receives 16-Year Prison Term

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 22, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Levi Mendivil Vega, 27, of Mesa, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of participating in a criminal syndicate and one count of offering to sell marijuana. Both counts are felony charges. Maricopa County Judge Paul McMurdie also last week sentenced Mendivil Vega to five years probation following his prison sentence.

Terry Goddard Announces Settlement with Tucson Equipment Dealer

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 21, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $19,500 settlement with D.W. Phillips, L.L.C., dba Arizona Honda, resolving allegations that the Tucson power equipment dealer used deceptive practices to secure financing for consumers who may not have otherwise qualified for financing.

Arizona Honda sells ATVs, motorcycles, scooters, generators, lawn mowers and other power equipment.

Former State Employee Receives Jail Term for Welfare Fraud

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 20, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Tammy J. Jordan, 46, of Phoenix, was sentenced yesterday to six months in Maricopa County Jail and four years probation for defrauding the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). She also was ordered to pay restitution of $2,490 and perform 150 hours of community service. In January, Jordan pleaded guilty to one count of theft, a class 4 felony.

Indictment of 48 Defendants Smashes Large Human-Smuggling Organization

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 14, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a 232-count indictment of 48 defendants in the breakup of a major human-smuggling organization operating in Phoenix and Naco, Ariz. Goddard was joined by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and other law enforcement officials during an afternoon press conference to announce the indictment.

Terry Goddard Announces Settlement of Job Discrimination Lawsuit

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 13, 2008) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement resolving an employment discrimination lawsuit against Tucson Residence Foundation, Inc. (TRF). The lawsuit alleged that TRF discriminated against Lisa Parra, 38, of Tucson, who is deaf, by withdrawing a promotion the company had offered her because of preferences expressed by two customers.