202009

Anthem to Pay $39.5 Million in Multistate Settlement over 2014 Data Breach

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced that Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay Arizona over $280,000 to resolve allegations stemming from a 2014 data breach that involved the personal information of 78.8 million Americans. The settlement with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is part of a $39.5 million settlement with 43 total states and the District of Columbia. In addition to the payment, Anthem has also agreed to a series of data security and good governance provisions designed to strengthen its practices going forward.

Used Car Dealer Indicted on Fraud and Theft Charges

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that a State Grand Jury indicted Farhad Kankash, owner of Onyx Motor Sports and Main Auto Group car dealerships, on seven counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices and seven counts of Theft, involving over $350,000.

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) agents conducted an investigation and discovered thirteen (13) victims accused Kankash of theft from April 2018 to April 2019.

C.R. Bard and Becton, Dickinson and Company to Pay $1.15 Million to Arizona in Pelvic Mesh Device Multistate Settlement

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced that C.R. Bard, Inc. and its parent company Becton, Dickinson and Company have agreed to pay $1.15 million to Arizona in penalties. The settlement with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is part of a $60 million settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that C.R. Bard deceptively marketed its transvaginal surgical mesh devices.

Former Vice Principal of Closed Goodyear Charter School Sentenced For Her Role In Enrolling Fake Students

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced former charter school principal, Joann Vega, was sentenced to four months in jail and ordered to pay $2,538,722 in restitution for her role in enrolling fake students to obtain funding from the Arizona Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Vega is the second defendant to be sentenced in this case.

Former State Senate Candidate Indicted for Forging Signatures to Qualify for Citizens Clean Elections Fund

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that a State Grand Jury indicted Lorenzo U. Herrera a/k/a Larry Herrera, a former candidate for the Arizona Senate, on 34 felony counts including Attempted Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, Forgery, and Perjury.

Former ITT Students to Receive $330 Million in Debt Relief in Settlement

1,008 Arizona Students Will Receive $7.8 million in Student Loan Debt Relief

PHOENIX — Attorney General Mark Brnovich has secured an agreement to obtain $7.8 million in debt relief for more than 1,000 former ITT Tech students in Arizona as part of a settlement with 48 attorneys general and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Nationally, this settlement will result in debt relief of about $330 million for 35,000 borrowers who have outstanding principal balances.