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Two Men Indicted, Accused of Trafficking More Than 2,000 Fentanyl Pills Hidden in Stuffed Animal

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Octavio Gutierrez-Hernandez and Jorge Bazan on charges related to trafficking more than 2,000 fentanyl pills. The fentanyl pills were allegedly hidden inside of a stuffed animal. Hernandez and Bazan are both charged with one count of Conspiracy, one …

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Former Pinetop-Lakeside Town Clerk Pleads Guilty to Theft & Misuse of Public Monies

NAVAJO COUNTY – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Leah Chavez, a former town clerk, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $32,000 from the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. Chavez pleaded guilty to one count of Theft, and one count of Misuse of Public Monies. Chavez, 40, was taken into custody this morning. …

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AZ Man Accused of Setting Warehouse Fire to Collect Insurance Money

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Mohamed Abdelrahman, 41, for allegedly setting a warehouse on fire to collect a property insurance payout of $120,050. The Phoenix Fire Investigations Unit and the Arizona Department of Insurance investigated this case.

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Tucson Man Sentenced to 18.5 Years in Prison for $2.8 Million Drug and Money Laundering Scheme

  TUCSON – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Carlos David Nogales Sr. was sentenced to 18.5 years in prison followed by 7 years of probation for his involvement in a $2.8 million drug and money laundering scheme. Between 2011 and 2015, Nogales Sr. operated a nationwide money laundering organization that …

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Former Investment Advisor Indicted Accused of Stealing Client’s Retirement Accounts

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Howard M. Price III, a former investment adviser, for allegedly stealing $475,000 from his client’s retirement accounts. Price, 44, is charged with one count of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices and three counts of Theft.

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AG Brnovich Asks AZ Supreme Court to End Tempe’s Improper Tax Scheme

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today filed a Petition for Special Action asking the Arizona Supreme Court to declare the City of Tempe is violating state law when it improperly gives a tax break to private developments. State law was amended in 2010 to prohibit such tax breaks.

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City of Cottonwood Employee Indicted Accused of Forging Bacteria Test Results in Drinking Water

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Hans Burnett for allegedly altering drinking water bacteria test results. Burnett, a foreman at the City of Cottonwood Water Testing Laboratory, is accused of changing test results submitted to state regulators to replace positive results for bacterial …

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AG Brnovich Issues Statement After Oral Argument on Israeli Anti-Discrimination Law

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued the following statement today after oral argument in Jordahl, et al. v. Brnovich, et al. Oral argument took place in federal court after Brnovich filed a Motion to Dismiss arguing Arizona’s law that prevents state-funded contractors from boycotting Israel was enacted to …

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Couple Indicted on Child Sex Charges

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Matthew Kevin Dunlap, 40, and Marisa Ann Claire, 37, on charges related to sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl. Dunlap was indicted on 33 counts, including Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Sexual Conduct with a Minor, and Furnishing …

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Meth Trafficking Ring Dismantled

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich, along with the DEA Phoenix Division and the Tempe Police Department announced the takedown of a major methamphetamine trafficking ring. Five people were indicted for their alleged involvement in the drug trafficking ring that operated in Tempe, Tolleson, Avondale, and West Phoenix.

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Tucson Man Sentenced to 170 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

  TUCSON – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Edgar Allen Fristoe to 170 years in prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor after downloading pictures and video of child pornography on his cell phone.

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Former Chief Financial Officer for Scottsdale Unified School District Indicted

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted 61-year-old Laura Tenison Smith, the former chief financial officer for Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), for allegedly breaking the state’s conflict of interest laws. Smith is facing 11 felony charges, including 2 counts of Fraudulent Schemes and …

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$340,000 Fine Against Desert Valley Aire for Illegal Telemarketing Calls

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Desert Valley Aire Inc. will pay $340,000 in civil fines for repeatedly calling Arizonans on the “Do Not Call” Registry. The fine is equivalent to the company paying almost $14 for every illegal telemarketing call. In a consent judgment reached with the …

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33-Year-Old AZ Woman Accused of Using Xbox to Lure 14-Year-Old Boy for Sex

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted 33-year-old Lisa Corn on child sex charges after she allegedly sent a 14-year-old boy pornographic pictures of herself. Corn met the victim in an Xbox video game chat room. She is also accused of attempting to lure …

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AG Brnovich Obtains Full Restitution for Victims of Annual Minutes Scam

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich obtained a consent judgment against Compliance Filings Service for allegedly sending government look-alike “Annual Minutes” mailers to Arizona businesses. The consent judgment requires Compliance Filings Service to pay $88,650 in restitution. All of the 850 Arizona businesses that mailed a check to Compliance …

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Former Quartzsite PD Evidence Tech Indicted on Theft Charges

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted 46-year-old Christy Conley, a former Quartzsite Police Department evidence technician, on charges related to stealing money that she was responsible for safeguarding as evidence. Conley is also accused of lighting a fire inside of the evidence room …

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Fake Contractor Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Edward Carrillo, Jr. was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars in a roofing and pool repair scam in Scottsdale. Carrillo was also ordered to pay restitution to the homeowner.

AG Brnovich Files Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Against "DIY Neurocare"
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AG Brnovich Files Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Against “DIY Neurocare”

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the filing of a consumer fraud lawsuit against Arizona-based DIY Neurocare of America, LLC and its CEO Lyle Day. The lawsuit alleges DIY Neurocare refused to issue refunds to elderly consumers for LED light systems that supposedly treated symptoms of peripheral neuropathy …

AG Brnovich Secures $40 Million Volkswagen Consumer Fraud Settlement
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AG Brnovich Secures $40 Million Volkswagen Consumer Fraud Settlement

  $10.5 Million for Arizona Consumers$20 Million to Help Fund K-12 Education PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a $40 million settlement with Volkswagen to resolve false advertising claims involving so-called “Clean Diesel” cars and Volkswagen’s well-publicized diesel engine scandal. Under the settlement, VW agrees to pay Arizona …

Fake Dentists Arrested at Dental Office in Glendale
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Fake Dentists Arrested at Dental Office in Glendale

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Special Agents arrested two Valley women for allegedly performing unlicensed dental work on five unsuspecting victims at a dental office in Glendale. Melissa M. Pavey, 45, and Jolene E. Houchens, 38, are accused of performing unlicensed dental procedures, including tooth extractions by …

Grand Jury Indicts Woman for Forging Bacteria Test Results in Drinking Water Samples in Southern AZ
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Grand Jury Indicts Woman for Forging Bacteria Test Results in Drinking Water Samples in Southern AZ

  TUCSON – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Karen L. Hartwell for allegedly altering water sample test results. Hartwell is accused of changing test results for drinking water samples that tested positive for bacteria. Hartwell is facing felony charges of Fraudulent Schemes & Practices and …

AG Brnovich Obtains $130,000 for Arizonans from Auto Dealer
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AG Brnovich Obtains $130,000 for Arizonans from Auto Dealer

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Arizona consumers will receive up to $130,000 in restitution as part of a settlement with ABC Nissan, an auto dealer in Phoenix. “When Arizonans shop for a car, they deserve an honest, transparent, and fair car buying experience,” said Attorney General Mark …

Arizona Man Accused of Stealing $4.75 Million in Oil Investment Scam
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Arizona Man Accused of Stealing $4.75 Million in Oil Investment Scam

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted 40-year-old Robert Aguayo for allegedly stealing $4.75 million in an oil investment scam. Aguayo is facing 50 felony charges including Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Theft, and Misconduct Involving Weapons.

New Arizona Law to Protect Data Breach Victims
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New Arizona Law to Protect Data Breach Victims

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich is proud to announce Governor Ducey signed HB2154 into law, updating and strengthening Arizona’s data breach consumer protection statute. The bill, sponsored by Representative T.J. Shope and authored by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, bolsters protections and adds notification requirements for victims of a …

Bagdad Hillside LLC Found Guilty of Illegally Discharging Arsenic Contaminated Water
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Bagdad Hillside LLC Found Guilty of Illegally Discharging Arsenic Contaminated Water

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a Maricopa County Judge found Bagdad Hillside, LLC guilty of 3 felony violations of the Arizona Pollution Discharge Elimination System Program. The judge also ordered Bagdad Hillside’s Chief Financial Officer John Lopes to personally attend the sentencing on May 10, 2018, or …

Tucson Man Convicted in $2.8 Million Drug and Money Laundering Scheme
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Tucson Man Convicted in $2.8 Million Drug and Money Laundering Scheme

TUCSON – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a Pima County jury found Carlos David Nogales Sr. guilty of operating a national drug and money laundering scheme involving more than $2.8 million. Nogales was found guilty of 35 felony counts including Fraud, Forgery, Money Laundering, Controlling a Criminal Enterprise, and Possession …

Tucson Doctor Indicted for Unlawfully Prescribing Opioids
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Tucson Doctor Indicted for Unlawfully Prescribing Opioids

  TUCSON – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a grand jury indicted Dr. David Alan Ruben, a medical doctor and board certified psychiatrist, on 26 felony charges, including Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices and Administration of Narcotic Drugs. The Tucson District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Agents from …

Convicted Meth Dealer On the Run
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Convicted Meth Dealer On the Run

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury found 52-year-old Lauri Vanlitsenborgh guilty of Possession of a Dangerous Drug (Methamphetamine) for Sale, Manufacture of a Dangerous Drug (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Chemicals or Equipment, or both, for the Purpose of Manufacturing a Dangerous Drug (Methamphetamine).

Telemarketing Businesses Banned From Making Telemarketing Calls in Arizona for 6 Years
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Telemarketing Businesses Banned From Making Telemarketing Calls in Arizona for 6 Years

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced two businesses that sold work-from-home opportunities are banned from telemarketing and operating in Arizona for six years. First Progress, Nortec Strategies, and their owner, Eli Rabadi, will also pay $22,300 in restitution to consumers who purchased websites from them. “My office has …

AG Brnovich Obtains $100,000 for Consumers from Bullhead City Jet Ski Rental Company
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AG Brnovich Obtains $100,000 for Consumers from Bullhead City Jet Ski Rental Company

BULLHEAD CITY – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Malows Jet Ski Rentals will pay $100,000 in consumer restitution to settle misleading and false advertising claims. Malows advertised jet ski rentals for “$65 ALL DAY,” when in reality they charged consumers up to $299 for jet ski rentals on Fridays, weekends, …

Tucson Hair Stylist Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Stealing $300,000 from 94 Year Old
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Tucson Hair Stylist Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Stealing $300,000 from 94 Year Old

TUCSON – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Supranom “Addy” Klos to 6.5 years in prison for stealing from a 94-year-old vulnerable adult with dementia. Klos gambled away more than $300,000 in 4 months which was most of the victim’s life savings. The judge ordered Klos repay the …

Owner of Real Estate Company Sentenced to 7.5 Years in Prison for Defrauding Arizona Families
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Owner of Real Estate Company Sentenced to 7.5 Years in Prison for Defrauding Arizona Families

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Francisco Aguirre, the owner of Montecristo Properties, will spend 7.5 years behind bars for defrauding 40 families in Arizona. A judge ordered Aguirre be placed on 6 years of probation after he is released from prison. Aguirre must also pay $2 million …

Grand Jury Indicts Phoenix Man for Using Fake Deeds to Take Out Loans on Homeowners’ Properties
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Grand Jury Indicts Phoenix Man for Using Fake Deeds to Take Out Loans on Homeowners’ Properties

  PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Daniel Barraza Nevarez on multiple felony counts of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, Money Laundering, Forgery, and Criminal Impersonation in connection with an alleged scam designed to defraud homeowners and lenders.