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Attorney General Mark Brnovich Names TV News Journalist Mia Garcia As New Spokesperson

Phoenix – 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.

AG Brnovich Announces Sentence for Healthcare/ Church Bookkeeper Forging Checks

Phoenix – 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 June 12, 2015 Nicholson pled guilty to two counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, and two counts of Theft.

Career Tucson Criminal Given Hefty Sentence for Identity Theft and Forgery Related Crimes

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.

Chase to Change Unlawful Credit Card Debt Collection Practices through $136 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement with Arizona Attorney General, 47 States plus D.C., and CFPB

Phoenix - 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.

Attorney General's Office Reaches Plea Agreement with Serial Fraudulent Real Estate Investor

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. 

AG Brnovich Files Complaint Against Automobile and Paving Repair Sellers

Tucson – 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.