Today, Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the addition of a key member to his communications team. Mia Garcia will serve as Spokesperson, handling the day-to-day communications for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Garcia will make the transition after a 14-year career in television news.
Today, Arizona Attorney General Brnovich announced that Nelda Jean Nicholson of Phoenix was sentenced on July 14 to 3 ½ years in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from a Phoenix healthcare provider and a Scottsdale church. Nicholson, who served as a bookkeeper for both groups, had been arrested by officers from the Attorney General’s Office and the Phoenix Police Department in January.
On July 6, 2015, 36 year old Gabriel Christopher Morris of Tucson was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a jury in Pima County Superior Court found him guilty on a number of theft and forgery-related felonies. Mr. Morris is a career criminal who on May 1st, after a four day trial, was found guilty by a jury on 6 separate counts. The investigation, conducted by the Arizona Department of Insurance and subsequent trial, prosecuted by Assistant Arizona Attorney General Beverly Rudnick, uncovered a number of stolen and forged items in Mr. Morris’ possession. These included $21,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds which were stolen from a Tucson home in 2013, resulting in a conviction on a class three felony theft count.
Chase Bank USA N.A. and Chase Bankcard Services Inc. will reform its unlawful credit card debt collection practices through a $136 million joint state-federal settlement reached with Attorney General Mark Brnovich, attorneys general in 47 states plus the District of Columbia, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Arizona will receive $3.1 million as a result of the national settlement.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt are hosting a delegation of Attorneys General from various Mexican states in Phoenix today.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office recently reached a plea agreement with Zavier Kay Hafiz, after an FBI-led investigation revealed his company fraudulently misled nearly forty victims to whom he sold real estate throughout Arizona. Mr. Hafiz, while doing business as ZK Group, plead guilty on May 7, 2015 to Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices and was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by another seven years of probation. In addition, he was ordered to pay $3,554,838.40 in restitution.
On June 24, 2015, Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a consumer fraud lawsuit in Pima County Superior Court against A&D’s Auto Care, Desert Paveing [sic], Richard Stevens, Anthony Stevens and David Stevens aka David Lee (collectively “Defendants”). The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Arizona consumers, seeks financial restitution and injunctive relief for victims of alleged fraud.
Today, representatives from the Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Arizona State Forestry Division, Industrial Commission of Arizona's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the law firm of Gallagher and Kennedy will discuss the status of the Yarnell Hill Fire settlement negotiations.
Today, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a new opinion regarding Small School Weight for Charter Schools. The opinion is in response to questions posed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Specifically, Diane Douglas requested clarification on Senate Bills 1476 and 1193 passed during the 2015 legislative session, and how the legislation affects the eligibility of certain charter schools for the Small School Weight status.
Twin City Water Work, Inc., a Utah non-profit corporation that does business in Colorado City, Arizona, recently plead guilty to a class 6 undesignated Felony of Attempted Knowing Failure to File Tax with the Intent to Evade in the Superior Court of Arizona. As a result of the June 10, 2015 plea, the company will pay $390,683 in back taxes and penalties and will be placed on three years of probation.