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PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced a $13 million national settlement with MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. to ensure safeguards are in place to protect consumers from international wire transfer scams. A multi-state investigation found scammers used MoneyGram’s wire transfer service when conning victims into wiring thousands of dollars to the scammers. In addition to Arizona, 48 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:59pm
PHOENIX - The Office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich obtained a $30,612 Judgment against a Tucson woman who offered fraudulent legal services to the Spanish-speaking community. Ofelia Olivas Lizarraga, owner of Multiservicios Olivas, LLC, falsely represented that she was qualified and authorized to provide legal advice and prepare legal documents in immigration, divorce, and other legal matters.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:37am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court granted an application for a stay blocking the EPA Clean Power Plan from going into effect. Arizona is part of a 26-state coalition led by West Virginia and Texas fighting against federal overreach.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 8:04am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the sentencing of a Phoenix husband and wife who engaged in the unlawful use of food stamps. George Cortez and Robin Cortez were sentenced to 6 months in jail, 3 years supervised probation, and ordered to pay more than $94,038 to the State of Arizona. George and Robin Cortez both pled guilty to two counts of unlawful use of food stamps and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices following an investigation by the Arizona Department of Economic Security and its Office of Inspector General.
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 1:41pm
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Arizona homeowners will receive approximately $2.6 million dollars in direct payments and more than $4 million in loan modifications as a result of a national settlement with mortgage servicer HSBC. The repayment is part of a $470 million joint state-federal settlement due to abusive foreclosure and loan servicing practices.
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:43am
PHOENIX – A Phoenix man is sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to producing and distributing child pornography announced Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. 50-year-old Vincent Millard Collins admitted to sexually abusing a child and taking pictures and video of the abuse.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 2:36pm
KINGMAN – Special Agents with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office working jointly with Immigration & Customs Homeland Security Investigations arrested a former City of Kingman employee announced Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Former Budget Analyst and Interim Finance Director Diane Maxine Richards is accused of stealing more than a million dollars from the City of Kingman. The arrest comes after a State Grand Jury indicted Richards on 23 felony counts including theft, forgery, and misuse of public monies.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 3:37pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Sticks N Strings, Inc., a musical instrument shop in Tucson. The complaint alleges Sticks N Strings and its owner, Anthony Bernard, accepted thousands of dollars’ worth of payments for musical instruments and failed to deliver those instruments to consumers.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:47am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a $50,000 judgment against an Arizona auto repair shop caught on hidden camera defrauding customers during an undercover AG sting operation. GBY Transmissions, a transmission repair shop owned by Gerardo Figueroa Haros and managed by Gerardo Figueroa Salinas admitted to charging customers for auto repairs they didn’t need.
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 12:15pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a State Grand Jury indicted a former employee at the Phoenix Rescue Mission on allegations of stealing social security benefits from a homeless man. Sergio Solorzano is facing four felony charges of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, Theft, Taking the Identity of Another, and Unlawful Use of an Access Device. Special Agents with the Attorney General’s Office believe there could be additional victims who have yet to come forward.
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 3:29pm