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AG Brnovich Files Petition to Remove Commissioner Bitter Smith From Office

Phoenix, AZ – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today filed a Petition for Special Action to remove Arizona Corporation Commissioner (“Commissioner”) Susan Bitter Smith from office. The Petition filed this morning in the Arizona Supreme Court is the result of an ongoing investigation regarding an alleged violation of a conflict of interest statute.

AG Brnovich Issues Holiday Shopping Tips for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Phoenix -  With Black Friday one day away, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is reminding Arizonans to watch out for potential scams while shopping this holiday season.

"Every holiday season, thieves prey on good, hard-working families,” said Attorney General Brnovich. “Learning how to protect yourself against these scam artists will help avoid extra stress during the holidays.” 

Attorney General Brnovich Offers the Following Consumer Tips:

AG Brnovich Issues Scam Alert: Scammers Impersonate Attorney General’s Office

Phoenix – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today is warning Arizonans of an alarming new phone scam in which con artists pose as representatives of the Attorney General’s Office to steal money from consumers. The scammers appear to be targeting consumer fraud victims who have lost money in past telemarketing scams. The con artists falsely claim they can help victims get their money back. Victims are conned into paying hundreds of dollars and receive nothing in return.

Child Pornographer Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Phoenix – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced the sentencing of an admitted child pornographer. 35 year old Thomas Robert Kernohan will spend 14 years in prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor after receiving and distributing child pornography. Upon his release from prison, Kernohan will be placed on lifetime probation and will be required to register as a sex offender. 

First Jury Conviction in AZ Involving Internet Sweepstakes Cafe

Phoenix  – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury convicted Laura Marie Leinaar and Eric Alan Stelljes in connection with a criminal gambling enterprise which operated in Arizona. The jury verdict is the first in Arizona against a so-called “Internet sweepstakes cafe” a form of illegal gambling that has previously been the subject of criminal and civil enforcement actions in other states, including Florida, Mississippi, California, Ohio, and Texas.

AG Brnovich Announces 7 Search Warrants Executed in Money Laundering & Drug Trafficking Investigation

Phoenix – Special Agents with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office executed 7 search warrants and served 5 indictments in connection with a $2.8 million money laundering, drug trafficking, and fraud of state benefits investigation. The AZ DES Office of the Inspector General, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation and the execution of today’s search warrants.

AG Brnovich Announces 6 Search Warrants Being Served in Money Laundering & Drug Trafficking Investigation

Phoenix –Special Agents with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office are currently serving 6 search warrants in Casa Grande, Tucson, Pinal County, and Pima County. The warrants are being served in connection with a $2.8 million dollar money laundering, drug trafficking, and fraud of state benefits case. The AZ DES Office of the Inspector General, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the investigation and execution of today’s search warrants.

AG Brnovich: How to Spot Fake Charity Donation Bins

Phoenix - With the holiday season right around the corner, Attorney General Mark Brnovich is encouraging Arizonans to do their research before donating to clothing and household item donation bins. Many donation bins support legitimate, non-profit charities and help the needy in our communities, however, some donation bins are run by for-profit businesses. Arizona consumers should be aware that most items donated to for-profit bins do not go to charitable causes.