Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



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PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a former security officer at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station pleaded guilty to two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor after downloading child pornography.

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 1:14pm

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Richard Mark Schmerman, a former investment adviser representative, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 7 years of probation for stealing more than $3 million dollars in client funds. Schmerman must also pay more than $3 million dollars in restitution to his victims.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 1:07pm

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich teamed up with State Representative Maria Syms to introduce legislation that would fix a loophole in Arizona law that prevented prosecutors from being able to file felony charges against a man driving on a suspended license after he ran a red light and killed a Chandler mother.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 1:09pm

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich is proud to announce a $1.85 million verdict in a consumer fraud lawsuit filed against Dennis N. Saban and his companies, Phoenix Car Rental and Saban’s Rent-A-Car. After a 5-week trial, a judge found Saban and his car rental companies must pay $1.85 million for violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. Of the $1.85 million, nearly $1 million will go to consumers who were charged unlawful fees during car rental transactions from 2009 to 2016. This is one of the largest consumer fraud trial verdicts the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has ever obtained.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 1:42pm

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 states and territories today urging Congress to end secret, forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment. Too often employees are required to sign employment contracts containing arbitration agreements mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through private arbitration instead of the judicial process. The secrecy surrounding these proceedings can protect serial violators and provide inadequate relief to victims.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 11:03am

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury found James Thornton, a real estate agent, guilty of Fraudulent Schemes and Theft after defrauding two banks in a short sale home scam.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:51pm

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a Pima County jury found Sergio Ramon Chavez guilty of transporting 5,368 heroin pills. Chavez, 41, was found guilty of 3 felony charges including Transportation of Heroin for Sale, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, and Conspiracy to Transport Heroin for Sale. Chavez’s co-defendant, Anthony Sebastian Cadena, 31, pleaded guilty the day before trial to Conspiracy to Transport Heroin for Sale.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 1:42pm

PIMA COUNTY - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the sentencing of 5 defendants involved in a dangerous Tucson home invasion “rip” crew that would commit home invasions to steal drugs from rival drug traffickers.

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:53am

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich, leading a bipartisan coalition of 16 state Attorneys General from across the country, filed a brief urging the United States Supreme Court to protect consumers from abuse in the Google Referrer Header Privacy Litigation class action settlement. Google settled a far-reaching consumer privacy case for $8.5 million, but class members will receive none of that money. More than $2 million will go toward lawyers and costs and more than $5 million will go to five organizations that had nothing to do with the lawsuit.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 8:09am

KINGMAN - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Sarah Diaz was sentenced to one year in jail without early release and five years of supervised probation after stealing more than $75,000 from the Topock Elementary School District.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 3:23pm


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