(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 26, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Felecia A. Rotellini, Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, today announced a consumer fraud lawsuit against the owners and managers of two used motor vehicle dealerships, LD Automotive Group in Cave Creek and Phoenix-based 2020 Automotive.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 25, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Tim Nelson will be joining the Attorney General’s Office as its Chief Deputy Attorney General. In this capacity, he will oversee the Office’s legal divisions, including criminal prosecutions, consumer fraud litigation and advice to state agencies.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 25, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a record $1,375,000 settlement with Central Coast Nutraceuticals, Inc. (“CCN”) and its owner, Graham Gibson, of Phoenix. The settlement resolves a consumer fraud lawsuit that alleged deceptive online sales practices by CCN.
Under the terms of today’s settlement, which takes the form of a Consent Judgment, CCN will pay $1 million in civil penalties to the state, $350,000 in consumer restitution and $25,000 to cover the state’s legal and investigative costs.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 23, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard, along with 40 other state Attorneys General, today announced a $9.75 million nationwide settlement with TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX), which owns retailers TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright and Marshalls stores.
The agreement concerns a massive data breach that placed thousands of TJX’s consumers’ personal data at risk. The victims of the breach included 600 Arizonans.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 19, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today received pledges of greater federal cooperation in the fight against border violence and drug cartels from senior officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during a meeting in Phoenix.
Goddard met with several Homeland Security officials, including Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs, and John Morton, Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 18, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard, joined by 10 leading law enforcement officials, today voiced strong opposition to a proposal that would significantly loosen Arizona’s gun laws by allowing gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without obtaining a permit.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - June 16, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of John David “Jay” Franklin, 47, of Tucson, and John D. Franklin, Sr., 72, of Tucson, on charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft, illegally conducting an enterprise and money laundering.
The Franklins owned and operated Hurricane Motors, a used car dealership located in Tucson. They are alleged to have stolen approximately $50,000 from Hurricane customers as well as $145,000 from Car Financial Services, Inc (“CFI”), a motor vehicle financing company.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - June 11, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the conviction and sentencing of an undocumented alien residing in Phoenix for making and selling counterfeit Social Security cards and resident alien cards.
Mexican national Camillo Nava-Nava, 22, who lived in Phoenix, was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of trafficking in the identity of another.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 10, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Aaron Arredondo, 40, of Dana Point, Calif., has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of orchestrating a $1.2 million investment scam.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 10, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that the Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions and sentences of former Baptist Foundation of Arizona executives William Crotts and Thomas Grabinski.