201608

AZ Computer Expert Sentenced to Prison After $571,000 Theft

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Steve Nolte to 9 years in prison for stealing more than $571,000 from his former employer.   The sentence imposed by the Court was ordered to run consecutive to Nolte’s three-year federal prison sentence for passport fraud, aggravated identity theft, and use of a falsely-obtained Social Security Number.

On May 22, 2016 a Maricopa County jury found Nolte guilty of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices and Theft.

Arizona Couple Convicted for Financial Exploitation of an 86 Year Old Woman

BISBEE – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury convicted Edith and James Hughes of multiple felony counts involving financial exploitation of an 86 year old woman. They were both found guilty of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Theft from a Vulnerable Adult, Misuse of a Credit Card, and Unlawful Use of Power of Attorney.

Former Phoenix Rescue Mission Employee Sentenced to Prison

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a former Phoenix Rescue Mission employee will go to prison for 3.5 years for stealing social security benefits from the homeless.  A judge sentenced Sergio Solorzano after he pled guilty to an Attempted Fraud Scheme, Theft, and Taking the Identity of Another.  The Court also ordered Solorzano to pay all three victims $61,286.47 in restitution.

Heroin Trafficker At Large

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a jury convicted Jose Castro-Felix of Queen Creek, Arizona of Conspiracy, Conducting an Illegal Enterprise, Possession of Cocaine for Sale, Possession of Heroin for Sale, and Money Laundering for his involvement in a Mexico-based cocaine and heroin trafficking organization.  The conviction stems from Castro-Felix’s possession of more than a $1,000,000 worth of heroin and cocaine and $50,000 in drug proceeds in August 2012.

Arizona Couple Indicted

PHOENIX –Attorney General Mark Brnovich in partnership with the Phoenix Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announce the indictment of Steffan Burris and Jennifer Burris for their alleged involvement in a financial investment fraud scheme. 

AG Brnovich Recovers More than $2 Million for Arizona in Antitrust Settlement with Cephalon

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced a $125 million, multi-state antitrust settlement with Cephalon and its affiliated companies. The settlement ends an investigation by 49 state attorneys general into allegations that Cephalon engaged in anti-competitive acts to protect the monopoly profits it earned from Provigil, a drug prescribed for the treatment of certain sleep disorders including narcolepsy. The multi-state investigation determined that Cephalon’s anti-competitive acts delayed generic prescription drug competition for several years.

Data Breach Alert: Consumer Protection Tips

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich is urging Arizonans to take action to avoid identity theft in the wake of a Banner Health data breach that affects 3.7 million people: many are Arizonans.

Consumers who receive a data breach notification from Banner Health indicating their personally identifiable information may have been accessed can take the following steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim of identity theft: