PHOENIX - Nine Arizonans are facing federal charges arising from a joint criminal investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Special Investigations Section, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The federal multi-count indictment was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri is prosecuting this case.
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the sentencing of Carlos Vasquez-Franco, a convicted drug trafficker. A judge sentenced Vasquez-Franco to 8 years in prison for selling heroin and methamphetamine. Vasquez-Franco, 37, pled guilty to Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale and Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale.
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the State of Arizona will receive $1,055,842.12 as part of a multistate settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia to resolve claims that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy ratings for some of their model year 2011, 2012, and 2013 vehicles.
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury convicted 44 year old Patrick Pina of the Sale of Dangerous Drugs, Money Laundering, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana. The conviction stems from Pina’s possession and sale of methamphetamine in March 2016. On Monday, during Pina’s trial, he absconded during a court recess after the state rested its case. He is currently on the run. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to provide a safe and secure place to properly dispose of unused and expired medications. Please visit one of these locations to dispose of your drugs.
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted an Arizona inmate and his wife on state terrorism charges. Thomas Orville Bastian and Michelle Marie Bastian are accused of acting together while plotting to commit an act of terrorism at the Arizona State Prison Complex – Lewis. It is alleged that they conspired to construct and set off an explosive device within the prison facility.
PHOENIX - Today, Attorney General Brnovich, leading a coalition of seventeen Attorneys General from across the country, filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court as part of his continuing effort to protect Arizona consumers from abuse in the class action settlement process. In the brief, Attorney General Brnovich asked the Supreme Court to create a nationwide rule that class action attorneys’ fees in common-fund cash settlements can only be based off the amount actually paid out to the consumers in the class.
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Phoenix-based Arch Vacations, Inc. and its President, Darlene Ziebell. The lawsuit alleges Arch Vacations and Ziebell violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by using deceptive sales tactics to convince consumers to buy vacation packages. The lawsuit further alleges the company and Ziebell unfairly omitted important facts causing customers to misunderstand what they were purchasing.
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a Pima County Superior Court found 3 Gorillas Moving and Storage, LLC violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and ordered the company to pay more than $17,000 in consumer restitution. 3 Gorillas Moving was owned and operated by Troy Emerson.
"Moving is stressful enough and Arizonans should be able to trust a moving company with their most valuable possessions," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "We wanted justice for Arizona consumers and we're pleased with the court's decision."
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Phoenix Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced 18 year old Mahin Khan pled guilty to Terrorism, Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism, and Conspiracy to Commit Misconduct Involving Weapons. This is the first prosecution of a state level Terrorism charge in Arizona.