Former State Veteran’s Services Director Sentenced

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Oct. 19, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Patrick Chorpenning Sr., 63, of Peoria, who served as director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services (AZDVS) between 1999 and 2007, was sentenced today by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susan Brnovich to two years of supervised probation, and ordered to pay $421,351 in restitution.

Chorpenning pleaded guilty to conflict of interest and solicitation to commit a violation of the procurement code, both Class 6 felonies.

Terry Goddard Announces Phoenix Man Given 3.5-Year Prison Term For Running Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Scam

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 15, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Guillermo Ricardo De La Vara, 68, of Phoenix, has been sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court to three-and-a-half years in prison on charges of theft and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision Overturning Conviction in Buddhist Temple Murders

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Oct. 12, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that the U.S. Supreme Court this morning granted his petition for certiorari and vacated a federal appellate court ruling that overturned the conviction of Jonathan Doody, one of two youths found guilty in the 1991 Buddhist temple murders.

In August 1991, nine people were found dead at Wat Promkunaram, a Thai Buddhist temple west of Phoenix, making the crime the state's biggest mass murder. The victims had been arranged in a circle and were shot in the head.

Goddard Warns Mortgage Servicing Companies About Possible Foreclosure Violations, Demands Information

(Phoenix, Ariz. -- Oct. 8, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today he is sending letters to more than 60 mortgage loan servicing companies in Arizona, warning them about possible violations of state law in document signature practices involved in home foreclosures and demanding a thorough review of those procedures to make sure they comply with the law.

Attorney General Terry Goddard Reaches Major Agreement with Wells Fargo To Provide More than $150 Million in Mortgage Relief for Arizona Homeowners

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 6, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a multi-state agreement with Wells Fargo Bank ("Wells Fargo") over allegedly deceptive marketing of payment option adjustable rate mortgage loans ("POAs") by two companies it acquired: Wachovia Corporation ("Wachovia") and Golden West Corporation ("Golden West").

Goddard Announces Prison Term for Man Posing as Decorated Marine

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 5, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that John W. Rodriguez, 31, of Scottsdale, who for many years posed as a highly decorated Marine, has been sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court to seven-and-a-half years in prison on charges of forgery, fraudulent schemes and presentation of a false instrument for filing. The sentence also includes four years probation upon his release.

Terry Goddard Announces 2 1/2-Year Prison Term for Cattle Rustler

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 4, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced that Jason Lon Kirby, 34, of Datilo, New Mexico, was sentenced today in Pinal County Superior Court to two-and-a-half years in prison in a cattle rustling case.

Kirby received the prison term for theft, a class 4 felony, followed by seven years supervised probation for trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, a class 2 felony. Both charges involved cattle rustling in Arizona and Texas. Kirby pleaded guilty to the charges last month. He was sentenced by Judge Janna L. Vanderpool.

Free Mediation Training Offered for Court Volunteers in Casa Grande and Tucson

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 4, 2010) The Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court, is offering a free, 40-hour mediation course to train volunteers to help resolve local court disputes.

The Attorney General's Office has been training volunteer mediators for the courts since 1984 and has its own volunteer mediation program for resolving civil rights cases.