Goddard claims course is worthless, files suit
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 5, 2004
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Thursday that he sued a
California-based company, accusing the firm of charging consumers at least $549
for a worthless 10-week high school course that used a workbook riddled with
errors and concluded with a graduation ceremony where participants were handed
The suit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court stated the company recruited
mostly Spanish-speaking adults at small churches in Phoenix, Avondale, Tolleson,
Cashion and Yuma, which also hosted the classes.
Goddard also obtained a court order to temporarily shut down the operation.
The suit named Daniel Gossai, his
wife Janet and others who offered the course under several names, including
California Alternative High School and
America Alternative High School.
The suit called the business "consumer fraud at its worst, with the perpetrators
taking advantage of the hope, aspirations and faith of some of
Arizona's most vulnerable residents."
Daniel Gossai also faces legal complaints from attorneys general in California,
Nevada, Iowa and Nebraska.