Ag To Talk With Residents About Crime Prevention

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Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will be in Payson this month to talk to residents about fraud and crime prevention.

It's not that Payson is some hotbed of crime. The attorney general is simply conducting a series of forums around Arizona in cooperation with local law enforcement to heighten awareness and educate the public about crime prevention and fraud, said Andrea Esquer, spokesperson for the attorney general's office.

"There is no particular problem in Payson we are looking to address," Goddard said.

Goddad said he hoped it will be considered an honor that Payson was selected to host the forum, which will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 23 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

One area of fraud the attorney general thinks is of particular local interest is real estate fraud.

In a telephone interview with the Roundup, Goddard noted that Payson and surrounding communities have a growing population of retirees.

"With that, there has been an increase in real estate fraud and we want to try and help people protect themselves from that kind of thing," he said.

Goddard said he hoped the Payson forum "will give the community an enhanced sense of security."

Goddard also said he wanted the public to think the attorney general's office is accessible.

"I hope to be able to change public perception about the attorney general's office. I want Arizona residents to know where they can turn to this office for help," he said.

Payson Mayor Bob Edwards, Payson Police Chief Don Engler, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores and Gila County Sheriff John Armer are scheduled to attend the forum.

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