(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 29, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today the first law enforcement grant from his $94 million recovery earlier this year from Western Union. The $418,000 grant will create an initiative to intercept guns and money moving across the Arizona border to the Mexican drug cartels. The initiative will fund personnel, training, specialized equipment, and dogs to be used by police agencies from Nogales to Tucson.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 28, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment and arrest of Mayor Octavio Garcia Von Borstel, 29, of Nogales, Ariz., on multiple charges including bribery, theft, fraud and money laundering.
Garcia Von Borstel, a Democrat, was arrested at his office at the Nogales City Hall this morning. Concurrently, search warrants were executed at his home, business and City Hall office.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 24, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard, along with state and local law enforcement officials, today announced the first-ever prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative aimed at preventing pill abuse and theft.
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at sites around the state, local law enforcement will be collecting potentially dangerous unused and unwanted or expired prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 23, 2010) Noting a sharp increase in home foreclosures, Attorney General Terry Goddard today urged lenders to work more aggressively with homeowners to stem the foreclosure tide.
Arizona foreclosures rose from 3,100 in August 2009 to 4,000 this past August, an increase of 29 percent. During the past month, foreclosure sales accounted for 45 percent of the existing home market activity in the Valley. In Phoenix, an estimated 51 percent of homes are currently under water financially.
(Phoenix, Ariz. -- September 21, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard, in cooperation with the Peoria Police Department, today announced an 84-count indictment charging 14 individuals who were fraudulently filling stolen drug prescriptions.
Two of the ring’s leaders are Tyler Jensen Deane, 24, of Peoria and Leanne Dureivage, 31, of Gilbert.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 20, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the award of $248,000 to the East Valley Chiefs Association for the East Valley Gang and Criminal Information Fusion Center in Mesa. The Fusion Center is a criminal information and intelligence center that focuses on career criminals and gang members.
(Phoenix, Ariz. -- September 17, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Janet Thor, 59, of Phoenix, a former principal in the Kyrene School District, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of misuse of public monies related to her stealing more than $34,000 from two public schools where she worked.
She will be sentenced Oct. 18 in the courtroom of Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner James Rummage. The terms of the plea agreement call for Thor to be placed on supervised probation. Thor has paid the full amount owed in restitution.
(Phoenix, Ariz. - Sept. 16, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced he has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs to fight mortgage fraud in Arizona.
The grant will be utilized to create a new six-person unit devoted exclusively to investigating and prosecuting mortgage-related crimes. This new unit will operate as part of the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Office and will be operational within the next 90 days. The Office of Justice Programs is a part of the U.S. Department of Justice.
(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Sept. 13, 2010) Steps to tighten border security, a multi-faceted assault on mortgage fraud and effective work to protect consumers from deceptive marketing are among the accomplishments summarized in Attorney General Terry Goddard's 2010 Annual Report.
The newly released, 54-page document recaps the Office's achievements during the past fiscal year from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010. Highlights include:
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Sept. 13, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of 16 individuals believed to be members of a Mexican drug cartel that smuggled large quantities of marijuana, cocaine and heroin into Arizona. They have been charged with conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise and other crimes related to their involvement.