Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

News Release

Friday, January 20, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MEDIA ADVISORY: States to Announce Settlement with Ameriquest Monday, January 23

Olympia, WA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Assistant Attorney General Dave Huey, and Chuck Cross, Director of Consumer Services for the Department of Financial Institutions, will be available by phone from Los Angeles on Monday to brief reporters on a multi-state settlement with Ameriquest. The briefing will provide background on the case, information about the terms of the settlement, and a description of how Washington consumers are affected.

NOTE: Details of the settlement will not be revealed until Monday’s press conference.

When:

Monday, January 23, 2006

In-person press conference at 10 a.m. PST in Los Angeles
California Department of Justice
300 South Spring Street – North Tower, 5th Floor Press Room

National media briefing conference call at 11:15 a.m. PST
Call-in number: 888-982-7409
Enter Passcode: 4356635

Who:

Bill Lockyer, California Attorney General (Leader)
Rob McKenna, Washington Attorney General
David Huey, Washington Assistant Attorney General
Chuck Cross, Washington Department of Financial Institutions
Tom Miller, Iowa Attorney General
Charles Foti, Louisiana Attorney General
Terry Goddard, Arizona Attorney General
Peg Lautenschlager, Wisconsin Attorney General
Alan Weinger, California Department of Corporations
Barbara Kent, New York State Department of Banking

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Contact:

Kristin Alexander, Attorney General’s Office Public Affairs
206-464-6432

Scott Kinney, Director of Communications, DFI
360-902-0517
DFI