Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Terry Goddard Announces Prison Term for Former Surgeon Who Ran Illegal Pharmacy

(Phoenix, Ariz. – February 25, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Lawrence Carl Runke, 66, of Clarksdale, has been sentenced to four years in prison, followed by five years probation, for operating an illegal pharmacy.  The pharmacy, Global Medicines LLC in Cottonwood, generated more than $1.5 million in revenue since 2005 and was purchasing unapproved drugs from suppliers in India and reselling the drugs to consumers across the country. 

Strengthening Law Enforcement to Fight Border Crime

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Feb. 19, 2010) The following My Turn column is written
by Attorney General Terry Goddard regarding his Feb. 14-17 visit to Mexico
to meet with top law enforcement officials about increasing border security.

The challenging fight against organized crime on both sides of the border can be waged
most effectively when law enforcement strategies by both nations are closely coordinated.
A series of top-level meetings in Mexico last week moved us significantly closer to 
maximizing our efforts.  

Consumer News: Telemarketing Scams

Every year, thousands of consumers lose money to telemarketing con artists.  Telephone con artists will say anything to try to cheat people out of money.  They may call you and imply that they work for a company you trust, or they may send direct mail or place ads to convince you to call them.  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizona consumers to use caution when receiving telemarketing calls.

Q. How can consumers limit the number of telemarketing calls that they receive?

Terry Goddard Recognizes “Officer of the Year” at Annual MADD Dinner

(Phoenix, Ariz. – February 12, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard tonight will present the “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award” to an Arizona DUI officer at the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Recognition Dinner at the Desert Willows Conference Center in Phoenix.

MADD's Law Enforcement Recognition banquet honors law enforcement officers, agencies, and prosecuting attorneys throughout Arizona for their dedication to the fight against drunk driving. These individuals have truly made a positive impact in the communities in which we work and live.

Terry Goddard Announces Historic Settlement Giving Law Enforcement Greater Resources to Fight Border Crime

(Phoenix, Ariz. Feb. 11, 2010)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Western Union Financial Services, Inc. today announced a ground-breaking, $94 million settlement agreement which will provide substantial new resources for law enforcement authorities in the four Southwest border states to combat illegal activity along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

Terry Goddard Secures Indictment Against Police Officer For Computer Tampering Charges

(Phoenix, Ariz. - February 10, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Tucson Police Officer Angel Montalvo, 30, has been indicted on nine counts of computer tampering, one count of trafficking in the identity of another person, one count of aggravated taking the identity of another person, and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. The charges include nine Class 6 felonies, one Class 3 felony and two Class 2 felonies.

Tucson Woman Given 18.5 Years in Prison for Abuse of Elderly Man

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 10, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that Linda Darlene Giles, 58, of Tucson, has been sentenced in Pima County Superior Court to 18.5 years in prison for financial abuse of a vulnerable adult and emotional abuse of a vulnerable adult. She must also pay $540,000 in restitution. 

In March 2009, Giles was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison for manslaughter in the death of James Carafas, who was 85 years old. The sentence for abuse will be served concurrently with the manslaughter sentence. 

Deadline is Fast Approaching Contest to Raise Awareness of Elder Abuse

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Feb. 8, 2010)  In an effort to make young people aware of the tragedy of elder abuse, Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Arizona Area Agencies on Aging and the Arizona Elder Abuse Coalition have partnered to sponsor the 2010 “Why Should I Care about Elder Abuse?” student arts competition.

“This is the second year we have held this competition, and it has helped increase attention to elder abuse,” said Goddard. “While my office continues to prosecute those who commit this crime, only through awareness can we stop abuse before it begins.”